How Poorly Regulated Drugs Could be Leading to Cruel and Unusual Executions

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During recent executions, inmates were observed to gasp, convulse, and turn purple over periods much longer than the typical lethal injection. All of these executions used drugs made by pharmacies not regulated by the FDA.

Washington Governor Suspends Death Penalty, Citing ‘Too Many Flaws In The System’

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Governor Jay Inslee said, “In death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served.”

Final Words Sutured Into Dead Men’s Mugshots

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Check out the stunning visual story of death row prisoners’ last words.

US Executions Drop in 2013 as International Companies Withhold Lethal Drugs

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According to a new report the number if inmates executed in the US dropped 10% this year.

Tennessee Soon Plans to Execute More People Than it Has in the Last 53 Years Put Together

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Tennessee Attorney General’s office asked the state supreme court to set execution dates for 10 death row inmates, while an eleventh is already scheduled for April 22.

A Living Death Sentence: Reflections on Life Imprisonment

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Sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, Spoon Jackson wonders if a changed man will ever be given a second chance.

Supreme Court to Hear Huge Death Penalty Case

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A case the Supreme Court agreed to hear Monday morning could fix the legal loophole used by conservative states to unconstitutionally execute mentally handicapped criminals.

Let’s Change How Police Question Young Suspects

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Juveniles are particularly vulnerable to the coercive (and often unlawful) techniques of law enforcement officials.

Some Graphic Proof That President Obama is Right About Being Black In America

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There’s no need to examine, anecdote by anecdote, whether Obama is right about racial profiling in America. It doesn’t take a single case to make the President’s point; there is a lot of data already on the books to substantiate his claims.

Georgia Inmate, Warren Lee Hill, Wins Another Appeal To Delay Execution

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In spite of the now-multiple reasons not to execute Hill, Georgia has remained committed to moving forward with the penalty, and the judge will take up these latest arguments in the coming weeks.

Why Georgia Gets to Ignore the Constitutional Ban on Executing the ‘Mentally Retarded’

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Seven mental health professionals have evaluated Georgia inmate Warren Lee Hill, and all seven have determined that Hill is intellectually disabled.

Life Without Parole – Limbo

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Spoon Jackson contemplates his life without parole

The Corporate Death Penalty

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Should corporations suffer the same consequences as United States citizens? Carl Pettit argues in the case of corporate personhood and their constitutional rights.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charged With Using a Weapon of Mass Destruction

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The Boston Marathon bombing suspect will not be tried as an “enemy combatant.”

Maryland Repeals Death Penalty

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After a 5 year fight, Maryland lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty.

Maryland Death Penalty May Face Repeal

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Maryland has what some have called “the most restrictive” death penalty laws in the Nation among the states that allow it, but for many that is still not good enough.