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Jan 23, 2019

Bill to Abolish Wyoming’s Death Penalty Introduced with Bipartisan Support

A bipar­ti­san coali­tion of Wyoming leg­is­la­tors has intro­duced a bill to abol­ish the state’s death penal­ty. On January 15, 2019, Cheyenne Republican State Representative Jared Olsen (pic­tured, left) and Republican 

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Jan 16, 2018

Bipartisan Effort to Abolish Death Penalty Gains Momentum in Washington

With the back­ing of the state’s gov­er­nor and attor­ney gen­er­al, Democratic and Republican spon­sors of a bill to repeal Washington’s cap­i­tal-pun­ish­ment statute have expressed opti­mism that the state may abol­ish the death penal­ty in 2018. In 2017

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Mar 13, 2019

California Governor Announces Moratorium on Executions

California Governor Gavin Newsom on March 13, 2019 declared a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions in the state with the nation’s largest death row. Newsom imple­ment­ed the mora­to­ri­um through an exec­u­tive order grant­i­ng reprieves to the 737 pris­on­ers currently…

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Jan 08, 2018

Conservative Voices Continue to Call for End of Death Penalty

From October 2016 to October 2017, sup­port for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment among those iden­ti­fy­ing them­selves as Republicans fell by ten perc­etage points

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Jul 10, 2018

Kentucky Legislature Conducts Hearing on the Commonwealth’s Death Penalty

A joint com­mit­tee of the Kentucky leg­is­la­ture con­duct­ed a hear­ing on July 6, 2018 on the Commonwealth’s rarely used death penal­ty, includ­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by sup­port­ers and oppo­nents of a bill to abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. The G…

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Feb 22, 2006

Lawmakers Apologize to the 100th Person Freed From Death Row

Several mem­bers of the Arizona House and Senate recent­ly offered apolo­gies to Ray Krone (pic­tured), a for­mer Arizona death row inmate who was freed in 2002 fol­low­ing new DNA tests. The apolo­gies fol­lowed stand­ing ova­tions from mem­bers of the state…

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Apr 12, 2017

Louisiana Legislature Considers Bipartisan Measure to Abolish Death Penalty

Three Louisiana leg­is­la­tors, all of them for­mer law enforce­ment offi­cials, have pro­posed leg­is­la­tion to abol­ish the state’s death penal­ty. Sen. Dan Claitor (R-Baton Rouge, pic­tured), a for­mer New Orleans pros­e­cu­tor who chairs the …

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Aug 08, 2017

Mark White, Former Governor of Texas and Death-Penalty Critic, Dies at 77

Mark White (offi­cial por­trait, pic­tured), a for­mer gov­er­nor and attor­ney gen­er­al of Texas who became an out­spo­ken crit­ic of the death penal­ty, died on August 5 at the age of 77. Mr. White served as gov­er­nor from 1983 to 1987, duri…

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Jan 27, 2016

Missouri Likely to See Change After Historic High in Executions

A decline in exe­cu­tions is like­ly in Missouri after two years of unusu­al­ly high num­bers. In 2014, Missouri tied with Texas for the most exe­cu­tions in the U.S., and it was sec­ond to Texas in 2015. However, chang­ing atti­tudes about …

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Jan 09, 2017

National Black Caucus of State Legislators Call for Repeal of Death Penalty

Saying that race plays a deci­sive role in who lives and who dies” in cap­i­tal cas­es in the United States, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) vot­ed at its 40th annu­al con­fer­ence on December 14, 2016, to adopt it…

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Apr 12, 2019

New Hampshire Senate Passes Death-Penalty Repeal With Veto-Proof Majority

In a vote death-penal­ty oppo­nents praised as his­toric,” a veto-proof super­ma­jor­i­ty of the New Hampshire leg­is­la­ture gave final approval to a bill that would repeal the state’s death penal­ty statute. By a vote of 17 – 6, the sen­a­tors vot­ed on April …

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May 07, 2008

NEW VOICES: How New Jersey Abolished the Death Penalty”

In 1982, as a sec­ond term Assemblyman, Raymond Lesniak vot­ed to rein­state the death penal­ty in New Jersey. In December 2007, New Jersey vot­ed to abol­ish the death penal­ty, becom­ing the first state in 40 years to accom­plish this. Senator Lesniak wa…

Dec 15, 2004

NEW VOICES: Andrew Cuomo Calls for Reexamination of NY’s Death Penalty

Andrew Cuomo (pic­tured), who served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001, recent­ly urged New York law­mak­ers to put an end to the death penal­ty. The state is hold­ing hear­ings on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in the wake of a N.…

Sep 28, 2004

NEW VOICES: Author of Arizona’s Death Penalty Law Has Second Thoughts

When Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was a sen­a­tor in Arizona, one of the peo­ple she asked to draft the state’s death penal­ty law was Rudolph Gerber. She request­ed that he write a law we can live with.” Mr. Gerber went on to become a pros­e­cu­tor, an A…

Oct 19, 2004

NEW VOICES: Bush and Kerry Express Views on Executing Juvenile Offenders

In a forum host­ed by the New Voters Project, U.S. Presidential can­di­dates George Bush and John Kerry expressed their views on exe­cut­ing juve­nile offend­ers. Federal law pro­hibits exe­cu­tion of those under 18 when the offense was com­mit­ted, and I se…

Feb 24, 2004

NEW VOICES: Connecticut Lags Behind in Death Penalty Reforms

The Chair of Connecticut’s Judiciary Committee has called for enact­ment of death penal­ty reforms to pro­tect against wrong­ful con­vic­tions. Of the six reforms rec­om­mend­ed after a 13-month spe­cial com­mis­sion on Connecticut’s death penal­ty, only one h…

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Feb 01, 2006

NEW VOICES: Legislator Who Pushed for Faster Executions Now Has Changed His Mind

Pennsylvania State Representative Michael McGeehan, a tough-on-crime law­mak­er from Philadelphia, who ear­li­er had pushed for expe­dit­ed exe­cu­tions, now regrets that stance. He is spon­sor­ing leg­is­la­tion that would com­pen­sate those who have been wrong…

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Feb 07, 2007

NEW VOICES: Missouri Representative Calls for Halt to Executions

Missouri Rep. Bill Deeken (pic­tured), a Republican death penal­ty pro­po­nent, has intro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would halt exe­cu­tions in the state until 2011 and would cre­ate a cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment com­mis­sion to exam­ine the fair­ness and accu­ra­cy of Miss…

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Mar 01, 2016

NEW VOICES: Republican Former Death Penalty Supporter Leads Repeal Effort in Utah

Stephen Urquhart (pic­tured), a Republican state sen­a­tor in Utah, sup­port­ed the death penal­ty until about a year ago, when a friend con­vinced him that cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment didn’t fit his con­ser­v­a­tive beliefs. Now Urquhart sees the de…

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Jan 17, 2006

NEW VOICES: Virginia Legislators And Victims Speak Against Death Penalty

Two Virginia law­mak­ers who have had a fam­i­ly mem­ber mur­dered recent­ly spoke in oppo­si­tion to the death penal­ty. During a sen­ate com­mit­tee hear­ing on a bill to impose a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions, Senators Henry L. Marsh III and Janet D. Howell noted…

Aug 06, 2003

NYC Mayor Restates Concerns About Innocence, Opposition to the Death Penalty

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican, reit­er­at­ed his oppo­si­tion to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Bloomberg not­ed, The death penal­ty I’ve always had a prob­lem with, because too many times in the past you’ve seen inno­cent peo­ple incar­cer­at­ed a…

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May 18, 2016

Support for the Death Penalty by Republican Legislators No Longer a Sure Thing

One year after the Nebraska leg­is­la­ture vot­ed to repeal the death penal­ty and over­rode a guber­na­to­r­i­al veto of that mea­sure, actions in leg­is­la­tures across the coun­try sug­gest that the state’s efforts sig­nalled a grow­ing move­ment against the death…

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Aug 16, 2007

U.S. Senators Question Justice Department’s Plan to Expedite Executions

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) (pic­tured) are urg­ing the Justice Department to delay new rules that would give Attorney General Alberto Gonzales author­i­ty to lim­it the time death row inmates spend pur­su­ing appeals befo…