WOMEN AND THE DEATH PENALTY-sidebar

"I am comparing the death penalty system to the levees in New Orleans. They told us they would work, but they didn't."

-Sr. Helen Prejean, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 9, 2005
Useful Links:
videoC-Span's Washington Journal: Discussion of the Supreme Court and the Death Penalty with DPIC Director Richard Dieter and Robert Blecker (Aug. 31, 2005)

dot Mother Jones article on the second thoughts of the man who introduced lethal injection-Need code: MJ9ASW

dot ABA President's Letter to Gov. Perry regarding upcoming execution of Frances Newton
WOMEN AND THE DEATH PENALTY

There were 54 women on death row across the country as of July 1, 2005 (NAACP Legal Defense Fund).

The next scheduled execution of a woman is:
Frances Newton in Texas on Sept. 14, 2005.

There have been 10 executions of women in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. The most recent such execution was:
Aileen Wuornos in Florida on October 9, 2002.

Among the women executed were:

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Karla Faye Tucker, right, with Sister Helen Prejean
Executed February 3, 1998 in Texas

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Betty Lou Beets
Executed February 24, 2000 in Texas

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Wanda Jean Allen
Executed January 11, 2001 in Oklahoma



bakerLena Baker was executed in Georgia in 1945. The state has called her execution "a grevious error" and will grant her a pardon.





See DPIC's Women and the Death Penalty
See also Prof. Victor Streib's "Death Penalty for Female Offenders" (pdf)