All Articles: Death Penalty

California votes to speed up executions

While state lawmakers complete approval of a one-drug execution method, Californians voted not only to keep the death penalty on the books, but approved speeding up executions by limiting the appeals process. Californians rejected Proposition 62, which would have repealed the death penalty for persons found guilty of murder with special circumstances and replaced it […]

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Who gets the death penalty? It mostly depends on who the prosecutor is

By Juan Haines A small number of prosecutors across the country are vigorously pursuing death sentences and, according to a new study, have done so without regard for fairness and accuracy. “These prosecutors are evidence that the application of the death penalty is — and always has been — less about the circumstances of the […]

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Justice Department’s new policy would fast track executions

By David Eugene Archer Sr. A contentious Justice Department policy that could speed up death-row executions is closer to taking effect, after a recent federal appeals court ruling. The opinion from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this March tossed a 2013 lawsuit brought by the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in California and the […]

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Clinton Opposes Death Penalty…With an Exception

By Forrest Lee Jones The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are holding slightly different positions on abolishing the death penalty as this country heads into the presidential election. Shortly after the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia abolishing the death penalty, the Democratic Party incorporated into its platform a decision to do […]

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Voters to Decide on Two Opposing Death Penalty Measures in November

By Charles David Henry California voters will decide again in November what to do with the death penalty. Two opposing initiatives with strong political and social ramifications will be on the ballot to abolish capital punishment or speed up executions. Details of the measures are listed in an Aug. 12 story by politifact.com. Proposition 62 […]

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California’s Death Row Population Tops All Of Western Hemisphere

By Charles David Henry California is “home to the largest Death Row population in the Western Hemisphere,” according to a recent PolitiFact press release. According to public data, California’s Death Row has nearly 750 individuals condemned to die. That’s nearly twice as many as the next closest state, Florida at 388. UC Berkeley law professor Frank […]

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NBC Report Sparks Death Row Debates

By Charles David Henry Journalism Guild Writer The tiers of San Quentin’s Death Row have not been open to the public for more than five years. All of that changed in February. Alecia Reid from NBC’s San Francisco’s affiliate was one of the first reporters to recently see the current living conditions inside one of […]

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Initiatives Solicit Voters’ View About Death Penalty

Signatures are being solicited for two November ballot initiatives that would ask California voters to speed up executions or repeal the death penalty. One of the initiatives would require the state Supreme Court to rule on capital cases within five years. It would also limit death penalty appeals, set strict deadlines for filing appeals and […]

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Critics Expose Myths Behind Capital Punishment

By Charles David Henry Journalism Guild Writer As the U.S. remains one of the five nations with the most executions in the world, critics opposing capital punishment are confronting the myths of its effectiveness. Matthew Rozsa, writer for Salon.com, claims the debate about the death penalty is “riddled with misinformation”; challenging these myths won’t just […]

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Death Penalty Support Continues to Decrease

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer America’s support for the death penalty dropped significantly in the last 20 years, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Capital punishment support dipped from 80 percent in 1994 to 61 percent this year, the poll reported on Oct. 15. Part of the reason is juries are less likely to […]

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