Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.
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Forensic experts claim there is no way Larry Swearingen raped and killed Melissa Trotter. The state is still putting him to death.
Politicians never hesitate to exploit a tragedy.
We need to leave ourselves room for making good when we inevitably convict the wrong people.
After two decades of mercy, the Justice Department announces five men on federal death row will face lethal injections this winter.
Joe Biden's New Criminal Justice Platform Calls for Eliminating Harsh Policies Sponsored by Joe Biden
A breathtaking repudiation of his own legacy on criminal justice
"Because the death penalty has repeatedly been handed out in an unreliable and arbitrary manner, it cannot survive the state Constitution’s ban on cruel punishments."
“I wanted to be more than somebody who is the son of a murder victim.”
This is the nature of government. It can't stop the flow of illicit substances in a sealed and militarized building that's under its total control.
The bipartisan push to remove capital punishment from state law is moving forward.
The opinion stems from an injunction currently preventing Texas from importing sodium thiopental.
In the Space of One Minute, Joe Biden Defends the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers, Asset Forfeiture, and Mandatory Minimums
This 1991 Senate floor speech shows Biden's central role in crafting disastrous crime policies.
Texas Would Rather Ban All Chaplains from Execution Chambers Than Placate One Buddhist Inmate in His Final Moments
Equal treatment under the law can mean everyone is treated equally poorly
The bill was introduced by Republicans and co-sponsored by Democrats.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 last night to grant Patrick Murphy's petition for a stay.
The facts of this case are very similar to those of Dunn v. Ray, a recent ruling in which the Justice let the execution proceed, and thereby attracted a firestorm of criticism.
This Man Didn't Kill Anyone. Texas Plans To Execute Him Tonight Anyway. (UPDATE: Supreme Court Blocks Execution)
Texas' law of parties is to blame.
Years after the state legalized medical marijuana, Maricopa County's top attorney served as a barrier.
There's so much wrong with her argument.
The Alabama prison allows a Christian chaplain in the execution chamber to pray with death row inmates, but it refused to let an imam inside.
James Fields Killed Heather Heyer Because of Her Opinions, and Now the Government Is Trying to Do the Same to Him
The federal case against the Charlottesville murderer illustrates how hate crime laws punish people for their bigoted beliefs.
And once again, Trump is distracted from real policy by symbolic brutality.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied a recommendation to relieve him of execution.
No matter how heinous the crime, the state shouldn't be in the business of killing its citizens.
According to the court, "The death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner."
Israa al-Ghomgham would be the first female activist to be executed in Saudi Arabia.
The church's catechism now calls capital punishment "inadmissible" and says it's "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person."
Louisiana Attorney General Wants State to Hurry Up on Executions—Even If That Means Using 'Hanging, Firing Squad, or Electrocution'
The death penalty may surface as a key issue in the upcoming gubernatorial election in Louisiana.
"His execution doesn't change what he did 14 years ago. It doesn't bring my dad back."
The American Veterinary Medical Association states that nitrogen may be "distressing" for any animal other than birds.
The ACLU asks the DEA to investigate whether the state lied on its applications to get fentanyl for upcoming executions.
Justice Sotomayor dissents from the denial of certiorari in Wessinger v. Vannoy.
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Don't believe the hype about the U.N.'s resolution on the death penalty.
Just what we need: some more overlapping federal and state laws.
300-page report identifies variety of problems with current application of the death penalty and makes dozens of recommendations.
These were executions of convenience.
Reason editors Brian Doherty, Nick Gillespie, and Katherine Mangu-Ward discuss the week's news.