State lawmakers gave final approval on Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people than any other.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, the incoming chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., are unveiling legislation that would seek to end federal capital punishment.
Against a backdrop of federal executions in America and signs of a worrying shift towards a favourable view of capital punishment in Britain, Joe Giles argues a return to the death penalty would be detrimental.
The number of death sentences and executions dropped to historic lows in 2020, according to a group that tracks data, despite the federal government’s move to resume the death penalty after nearly two decades.
As the US President Donald Trump rushed to carry out more federal executions before the end of term, the movements against capital punishment and torture received a boost last week from an unlikely source: architects.
The American people elected Joe Biden to be our next president. In a civilized country, the process of smoothly handing over power would consist of precluding irrevocable decisions by the outgoing administration.
Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,” does something that some Catholics believed could not be done: It ratifies a change in church teaching. In this case, on the death penalty.
Out of the 57 people currently on federal death row, 34 are people of color, some of whom “were convicted and condemned by all-white juries,” according to a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center.