A look at the 194 inmates currently on Texas’ death row. Texas, which reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Since 1977, lethal injection has been the method for executing criminals sentenced to death.
The Supreme Court agreed to take up the case of death row inmate Rodney Reed, who is seeking post-conviction DNA testing of evidence at the crime scene. Reed was sentenced to death more than 20 years ago.
Four high-profile executions scheduled in just over a week, including a Texas man put to death Thursday night and another granted a stay in Tennessee, have renewed attention on the U.S. death penalty.
Sister Helen Prejean is known worldwide for her opposition to the death penalty. She’s worked to increase national dialogue on capital punishment and shape the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to execution.
States and the federal government carried out 11 executions this year, the fewest since 1988, as support for the death penalty has continued to decline. That’s according to an annual report on the death penalty.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Oct. 26 denied Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals, filed by Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker, awarding Abu-Jamal the right to reopen his appeals.
Doubts over Reed’s guilt in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites have lingered for more than 20 years and gained international attention. But a judge decided against recommending a new trial.
The 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty is an excellent opportunity to publicly oppose the use of this inhumane punishment and to support those who are fighting for its abolition all over the world.