Imagine what might happen if they poured that energy into abolishing the death penalty in Texas.
The first federal execution in 17 years took place last summer. Twelve more followed.
“What saves us is learning how to love, even to the point of death.”
Amy Frykholm interviews Sister Helen Prejean
The Trump administration and public opinion are moving in opposite directions.
R.J. Maratea argues that lynching declined when white people began to realize that the courtroom would work just as well.
by Chris Hammer
Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s death penalty sentencing violates the Sixth Amendment. Tomorrow, the court will consider whether to hear a death-row petition based on the Eighth. The first is comparatively narrow in scope: Florida has to stop sending people to its rather bustling death row unless that decision is made by a real live jury.
The second, however, could be quite sweeping.
It feels to me like evil is hovering over the prison in the form of a government ready to kill a woman who prayed with me when my father was dying of cancer. There isn't a thing I can do about it except pray this psalm and damn if we can't get it right.
I was trying to write a provocative article for a readership that includes many people who a) oppose the death penalty for faith-based reasons, and b) take for granted that replacing it with LWOP is a fairly straightforward good. But I should have done more to anticipate how others might see a one-sided article where I saw a narrowly focused one.