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.
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.
Capital punishment opponents expect a steep battle to prevent President Rodrigo Duterte from reimposing the death penalty, as he renews calls for the law as part of a “drug war” that has already killed thousands of Filipinos
Last summer, Attorney General William Barr ordered federal prisons to resume executions. Earlier this week, the Department of Justice carried through on Barr’s order, executing the first federal prisoner in 17 years.