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.
Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, used the 39th anniversary of his arrest to call for his release from prison on Wednesday, saying he was innocent.
N.C. Supreme Court ruled that over 100 death row inmates have the opportunity to prove racism affected their sentences because they had filed claims under the Racial Justice Act before it was repealed in 2013.
In 1950 a young Welshman was hanged for a heinous crime – the murder of his wife and daughter in the London flat where the family lived. It wasn’t until 2004 that Evans was finally declared to be innocent of murder.
The story of George Stinney Jr : BBC Witness Black History : How a 14-year-old boy became the youngest person to be executed in the USA during the 20th century. George Stinney Jr was sent to the electric chair in 1944.
Rodney Reed was punished to fatality greater than 20 years ago for the attack, rape and also strangling of 19- year-old StaceyStites But his lawyers with the Innocence Project claim they have proof that might vindicate him.
The 2019 annual report of the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) paints a picture of US capital punishment withering on the vine yet continuing to display shocking flaws and injustices.
“Reed’s execution should not just be delayed, but canceled,” said Bernie Sanders. “Real criminal justice reform must include joining every other major democracy in eliminating the death penalty.”