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Maryland's death penalty repeal bill has now been signed into
law. Governor Martin O'Malley today made it official, but there is still
work to do. There are still 32 states with capital punishment laws on
the books, and there is the federal and military death penalty. Read Brian's blog post about…Read More
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This afternoon the Illinois Senate joined the Illinois House or Representatives in voting to abolish the death penalty! The vote was 32 in favor, 25 against, with 2 abstentions. If Governor Pat Quinn signs the bill into law, Illinois will become the 16th state in the USA to ban capital punishment,…Read More
Today, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to abolish the death penalty. The bill (SB 3539) now goes to the Illinois Senate, which will debate and vote on it very soon. (Those of you in Illinois can call the capitol switchboard at (217) 782-2000, ask for your Senator and say, "I’m a…Read More
In 2010, executions in the U.S. continued (in only 12 states), states resorted to secret (probably illegal) drug purchases to feed their execution habit, and authorities failed to guarantee that no innocent person will be executed. Not surprisingly, a recent poll found that support for alternatives…Read More