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From behind death row's walls

Mumia Abu-Jamal
By: Lily Hughes
Socialist Worker
Friday, November 27, 2015

Lily Hughes, a leading member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, reviews a new collection of essays by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

A mighty voice for justice

Credit: New Abolitionist
Louva Bell (right) speaks at a Campaign to End the Death Penalty protest for the Death Row 10
By: Marlene Martin
Socialist Worker
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Marlene Martin of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty remembers a warrior for justice, who helped save the life of her son and end capital punishment in Illinois.

Stop the execution of Richard Glossip!

By: Lily Hughes
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RICHARD GLOSSIP GRANTED A TWO WEEK STAY! Please sign and keep sharing the petition below - let's keep the pressure on! 

Check out the latest story at The Intercept from Jordan Smith and Liliana Segura.

Take action in the case of Richard Glossip, innocent on death row in Oklahoma!

Death Row Exoneree: Texas Got it Wrong With Willingham Execution

John Salazar

TWC News
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Has the state of Texas executed an innocent man? That question has lingered since Cameron Todd Willingham was put to death for killing his three children. Now a man exonerated and set free from death row tells our John Salazar the state got it wrong.

It's been more than a decade since Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham.

"When I was there, almost 400 men were executed," said Anthony Graves, a board member of the Houston Forensic Science Center.

The racist prosecutors who run U.S. courts

By: Lily Hughes
Socialist Worker
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lily Hughes, a member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, describes how racism is aided and abetted by prosecutors in America's injustice system.

IN EARLY June of this year, the State Bar of Texas stripped Charles Sebesta of his law license and formally disbarred him. His crime? Prosecutorial misconduct that led to the wrongful conviction of exonerated death row prisoner Anthony Graves.

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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Nebraska Bans Death Penalty, Defying a Veto

Credit: Andrew Dickinson for The New York Times
Senators Kathy Campbell and Ernie Chambers after voting to repeal the death penalty on Wednesday.
By: Julie Bosman
New York Times
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska on Wednesday became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, with lawmakers defying their Republican governor, Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of capital punishment who had lobbied vigorously against banning it.