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.
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.
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.”
The Eritrean government must release the 11 politicians and 17 journalists who were arrested in 2001 after criticising President Isaias Afwerki’s rule, and have never been seen or heard from since, Amnesty International said today.
Supporters of Rodney Reed point to racial bias and questionable evidence. “He never had a chance.” That’s what Sandra Reed said at the start of a rally at the Texas governor’s mansion calling for a retrial for her son, Rodney Reed.
The struggle to free unfairly-convicted Mumia Abu-Jamal took a significant step forward on Sept. 3 when his attorneys submitted two documents to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.