In a year when the death penalty continues to stir passions from Texas to Connecticut and beyond, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Oshinsky's new book will help Americans better understand the history, politics and role of capital punishment in the United States.Read more
The University of Texas School of Law's Capital Punishment Center will host a conference on legislative developments concerning the American death penalty on April 9-10. The event is free and open to the public.
"The American Death Penalty in the Twenty-first Century: the Direction of Legislative Change and the Prospects for Legislative Abolition" will bring together lawyers and lawmakers from around the country to talk about efforts to abolish the death penalty (New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, Kansas) as well as efforts to expand it (Georgia, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Hampshire) and reform it (North Carolina, Maryland, California).Read more
Lawyers who represent Death Row inmates in Texas say they expect the state to execute 25 to 30 prisoners this year and as many as 50 next year. Now attorneys are trying to deal with the crush of cases, identifying which ones require greater resources, according to lawyers.Read more
This year's developments regarding the death penalty - a de facto national moratorium, a state abolition and the smallest number of executions in more than a decade - have masked what may be a more lasting one.Read more
It's not official, but a "creeping moratorium" on the death penalty in the United States is taking hold as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a challenge to the method of lethal injection.Read more