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Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

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In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

New Online Resource: The Lethal Injection Information Center

There's an important new lethal-injection resource online: The Lethal Injection Resource Center's new website.

The Lethal Injection Information Center is a hub for manufacturers, distributors, and stakeholders interested in preventing the misuse of medicines in lethal injections.


The Lethal Injection Information Center



The Lethal Injection Information Center is an initiative of the human rights organization Reprieve, which has been collaborating with pharmaceutical companies in their efforts to prevent what the industry describes as "the misuse of medicines in lethal injections."

Reprieve is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales, registered company number 5777831; and a registered charity in England and Wales, charity number 1114900. Our registered office is 10 Queen St Pl, London EC4R 1BE.

Source: DPN, February 2018


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