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Jun 19, 2013

INTERNATIONAL: Leaders from Many Countries Address Fifth World Congress in Madrid

On June 12 – 15, polit­i­cal lead­ers and crim­i­nal jus­tice experts from five con­ti­nents gath­ered in Madrid, Spain, for the Fifth World Congress Against the Death Penalty. The World Congress was co-spon­sored by Spain, France, Norway, and Switzerland, and includ­ed del­e­gates from over 90 coun­tries. The del­e­ga­tion from the United States includ­ed Jerry Givens, a for­mer cor­rec­tion­al offi­cer in Virginia, who assist­ed with the exe­cu­tion of 62 inmates. Givens became an oppo­nent of the death penal­ty after his expe­ri­ence of par­tic­i­pat­ing in exe­cu­tions. He said, It was like a roller­coast­er, up and…

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Apr 20, 2020

Jerry Givens, Former Executioner Who Became Outspoken Critic of Death Penalty, Dies at 67

Jerry Givens (pic­tured), who per­formed 62 exe­cu­tions dur­ing his time as a Virginia cor­rec­tions offi­cer, but lat­er became an activist against the death penal­ty, died April 13, 2020 of COVID-19. He was 67 years old. During his 17 years (1982 – 1999) as a mem­ber of Virginia’s exe­cu­tion team, the com­mon­wealth per­formed more exe­cu­tions than any oth­er state except Texas.

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Mar 17, 2020

Texas Court Issues 60-Day Stay of Execution for John Hummel in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

Responding to esca­lat­ing health con­cerns caused by the COVID-19 coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) has tem­porar­i­ly halt­ed the exe­cu­tion of John Hummel. In an order issued on March 16, 2020, the TCCA stayed Hummel’s exe­cu­tion, which had been sched­uled for March 18, for 60 days, say­ing the delay was nec­es­sary in light of the cur­rent health cri­sis and the enor­mous resources need­ed to address that emergency.”

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Feb 05, 2021

Virginia Legislature Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty

With two his­toric votes, the Virginia General Assembly has moved the com­mon­wealth to the cusp of becom­ing the first Southern state to abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, approv­ing sep­a­rate bills that would end the state’s death penal­ty and resen­tence the two men on death row to life with­out parole. On February 3, 2021, the Virginia State Senate vot­ed along par­ty lines, 21 – 17, in favor of abol­ish­ing cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Two days lat­er, three Republicans joined all but one Democrat in the Virginia House of Delegates in a 57 – 41 vote to repeal the death…

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Feb 04, 2021

Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Abolish the Death Penalty

The Virginia Senate moved the com­mon­wealth one step clos­er to becom­ing the first Southern state to abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, vot­ing 21 – 17 on February 3, 2021 to approve a bill that would end the state’s death penal­ty and resen­tence the two men on death row to life with­out parole.