News and Updates

Duane Buck Texas execution halted by supreme court

By: Ed Pilkington
The Guardian
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Duane Buck, an inmate on Texas's death row for the past 16 years, has been spared the lethal injection after the US supreme court stayed his execution on the grounds that the jury at his sentencing hearing was told he was a danger to

Family of alleged hate-killing victim opposes death penalty in case

By: Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) -- The family of an African-American man who died after allegedly being beaten by a group of white teens and run over by a truck is asking state and federal officials not to seek the death penalty in the case.

Will the Next Man Rick Perry Executes Die Because He's Black?

Image courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice
By: Renée Feltz
The Nation
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Harris County prosecutor Linda Geffin was working late last week when she took a break and saw a Facebook post from a Texas death row attorney whose client, Duane Buck, faced imminent execution. Geffin had been part of the team that helped send Buck to death row; it was the only capital case she’d ever worked on, and as she recalls, it “left a big impression on me.” More than a decade had passed since the case, so she decided to reread the court transcripts, including a hundred or so pages of testimony from state psychologist Walter Quijano.

Rick Perry in the spotlight as Texas sets to work on controversial executions

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By: Ed Pilkington
The Guardian
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rick Perry, the frontrunner to become the Republican candidate in next year's presidential election, has just hours left to prevent a man being put to death in 

Exonerated Texas Inmate: “How Can You Applaud Death?”

Anthony Graves
ABC News
Friday, September 9, 2011

Anthony Graves read in the newspaper about the crowd at the Republican presidential debate applauding the fact that Gov. Rick Perry had authorized 234 executions during his tenure.

“How can you applaud death?” Graves asked.

Troy Anthony Davis' execution set for Sept. 21

By: Bill Rankin
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

 The Georgia Department of Corrections has set the execution of Troy Anthony Davis for 7 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Davis' appeals are exhausted. He is expected to once again ask the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant him clemency. The board has previously denied that request.The agency set the time and date a day after a Chatham County judge signed a death warrant for Davis, who was convicted of killing an off-duty Savannah police officer in 1989.

Freed West Memphis 3: Like kids at Christmas

Damien Echols
CBS News
Saturday, August 20, 2011

A lawyer for Damien Echols - one of the so-called West Memphis 3 freed from death row in Arkansas - said his client celebrated his first night of freedom in 18 years.

Steven Braga, the attorney for Damien Echols, told "The Early Show on Saturday Morning" that his client's first night of freedom was "unbelievable."

Supermax prisons: 21st century asylums

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Lucy Flores, whose husband spent four years in Pelican Bay, at a rally in support of inmates on hunger strike
By: Helen Redmond
Al Jazeera English
Friday, August 5, 2011

Solitary confinement in the new dungeons of the US trigger mental illness in prisoners.

Many prisoners have lost 20-35 pounds in hunger strike, advocates say

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Delores Canales, left, and other demonstrators gather outside the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Los Angeles in support of state prisoners participating in a hunger strike
By: Jack Dolan
Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A hunger strike at four California prisons is entering its third week as more than 400 inmates protest long, punitive stays in isolation cells.