September 4, 2019 -
A gathering of conservative anti-death penalty activists in New Orleans this month could help shift the debate over capital punishment in Louisiana and across the South.
April 26, 2019 -
In a year of harsh anti-abortion bills, one introduced in Texas went furthest of all by allowing women who end a pregnancy to be put to death. The bill's sponsor — a quadruple divorcee whose first wife sought a restraining order against him — is a major recipient of contributions from a fracking services billionaire and religious sect leader who's become a leading funder of radical anti-abortion groups and candidates.
March 29, 2019 -
Governors in Florida and North Carolina recently appointed Jewish justices to their state supreme courts — a first for North Carolina. Studies have shown that Jewish judges, as well as those who belong to other religious minorities, tend to rule in favor of religious freedom.
June 16, 2017 -
Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty launched its Florida chapter this week, its fifth in the South. The group makes the case that capital punishment is out of step with core conservative values.
April 28, 2017 -
Earlier this year, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced plans to execute eight death row inmates over a 10-day period this month in a rush to use a lethal injection drug before it expired. But in doing so, the state may have subjected the mentally impaired to cruel and unusual punishment and denied DNA evidence to a man who could have proven his innocence.
April 12, 2017 -
The effort to release a North Carolina man who many believe has been imprisoned for over 20 years for a murder he did not commit is getting renewed attention — and shining a spotlight on a criminal justice system that's seven times more likely to convict innocent Black people of murder than innocent whites.
March 24, 2017 -
Though death sentences and executions have decreased nationally in recent years, the South continues to execute people at a disproportionate rate — but the movement to end the death penalty is picking up momentum there.