Dave Keaton, first death row exoneree in the U.S., dies

Credit: Edwin Tse
By: Lily Hughes
The New Abolitionist
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Florida death row survivor Dave Keaton died this past week at the age of 63. Dave was the first death row prisoner to be exonerated in the U.S.

Dave was part of a group of young men known as the Quincy Five, a group of young black men accused of murder of an off-duty police officer and robbery of a Tallahassee convenience store. The young men were all convicted based on false eyewitness testimony and coerced confessions.

Dave was the first of the group to be convicted, by an all-white jury, based solely on a confession that was obtained by the use of beatings, threats and lies.

The Torture of Solitary

Credit: Carlos Javier Ortiz / Redux
A teen in solitary confinement at Illinois Youth Center in St Charles, IL.
By: Lily Hughes
Monday, June 29, 2015

With the tragic death of Kalief Browder, solitary confinement has taken another life. The practice must end.


Supreme Court refuses to ban controversial method of execution

Credit: Jacquelyn Martin, AP
A vehicle parked near the Supreme Court displays a sign that says "Stop The Death Penalty Now" on June 29, 2015
By: Richard Wolf
USA Today
Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to limit states' use of a controversial execution method that opponents have likened to being burned alive.

The court's conservative majority said lethal injection remains the most humane method of execution.

Meet the victims of mass incarceration

Inside Menard Correctional Center in downstate Illinois
By: Marlene Martin
Socialist Worker
Monday, June 15, 2015

Marlene Martin of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty reveals the invisible injustices of the prison system in this account of a visit to a downstate Illinois jail.

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New evidence makes clear: Rodney Reed must be freed!

Rodney's mom Sandra speaking at a rally February 2015
By: Lily Hughes

On February 23, just days before his scheduled execution date, Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). 

In the preceding months and years Rodney's many advocates -- his family, his legal team, and supporters from around the world -- have fought to stop the execution and to make  the courts to finally recognize the truth: Rodney is innocent of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas. 


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