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Life Inside April 12
“I wondered whether the system I have been a part of for so long was, simply, barbaric.”
Feature January 18
More than a year ago, Nevada death row prisoner Scott Dozier gave up his legal appeals and asked to be executed. He’s still waiting.
News January 17
Here are nine ways the law-and-order president has smashed Obama’s legacy.
News January 3
Here are the most important places to keep an eye on.
Analysis October 18, 2017
Recent court rulings and start-stop access to lethal drugs push numbers up this year.
News August 30, 2017
Medical professionals say the state’s new lethal injection protocol “doesn’t make much sense.”
Commentary April 27, 2017
He was the first man executed by Arkansas in nearly 12 years. Jurors never heard his story.
Life Inside February 16, 2017
‘I can’t touch him and comfort him.’
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
Commentary June 9, 2016
How Terrance Williams became the face of the death penalty debate in Pennsylvania.
Life Inside March 31, 2016
San Quentin inmate Kevin Cooper on watching the minutes tick away on his life.
Commentary March 30, 2016
A close look at the grand compromise of 1976.
Commentary March 28, 2016
The South Carolina prosecutor is known as ‘Death Penalty Donnie.’
Commentary March 6, 2016
An attorney pieces together a life cut short.
Feature January 14, 2016
Their sixth debate is in Charleston, a city still recovering from last year’s church killings.
Analysis January 12, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court says state judges cannot sentence death without a jury’s mandate
Commentary December 17, 2015
Gretchen Sween was hired a month before Holiday was executed. This is what she saw.
News December 9, 2015
Journalists Liliana Segura, Gabriel Dance and Maurice Chammah took your questions about the death penalty and criminal justice reporting. Here are some of the highlights.
News November 19, 2015
Supporters rally around a more efficient system of execution.
Commentary November 18, 2015
On the eve of the next execution, a look at the state’s history of bad lawyering and faulty evidence.
First & Latest September 30, 2015
A closer look at why female executions are so rare.
News September 10, 2015
An Alabama man, wrongfully convicted, overcomes a judicial override to gain his freedom.
News August 31, 2015
Defense lawyers call it a crisis; the state says it’s just doing its job.
News August 26, 2015
An appeals lawyer who has represented more than a half-dozen men put to death in Missouri faces questions about her competency.
Commentary July 27, 2015
Would the Founders have protected people we execute now?
News May 15, 2015
A closer look at the three federal inmates who have been executed since the 1960s.
News May 14, 2015
... die a (probably) painless death or live 50 years in solitary?
News April 29, 2015
High Court’s conservatives bridle at ‘guerilla’ tactics of ‘abolitionist’ movement.
Quiz April 28, 2015
Which do we kill more humanely, our pets or condemned prisoners?
News March 18, 2015
State bar files charges more than 10 years after execution.
Looking Back March 13, 2015
The gruesome 18th Century legal case that turned a famed philosopher into a crusader for the innocent.
Feature March 9, 2015
More questions about the Willingham case.
Graphics December 19, 2014
A guide to the latest stats in the world of criminal justice.
News December 1, 2014
The impending execution of Scott Panetti and the search for a standard of sanity.
Commentary November 30, 2014
There are fates worse than death.
The Frame November 26, 2014
A portrait series captures the toll of long prison sentences on the people who serve them.