Death sentences remained near historic low levels in Texas in 2018, yet the state’s capital punishment system is still plagued by racial bias, geographical disparities, and fundamental unfairness, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). The number of death sentences and executions in 2018 was consistent with lower use of the death penalty in Texas over the last 10 years. New death sentences remained in the single digits for the ninth time in ten years, with Texas juries condemning seven individuals to death. All seven men sentenced to death in Texas in 2018 are people of color.
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find an exciting announcement about the TCADP 2019 Annual Conference, as well as information about two executions scheduled by the State of Texas this month. You’ll also find details on how to apply for the TCADP Lobby Corps or nominate an individual or organization for one of our annual awards.
The State of Texas executed Daniel Acker last night, Thursday, September 27, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his motion for a stay. It was the second Texas execution in 24 hours and the 10th this year.
Last night, Wednesday, September 26, the State of Texas executed Troy Clark for the 1998 murder of Christina Muse in Tyler (Smith County). Clark maintained his innocence until the very end. Smith County accounts for 13 executions since 1982. It was the first of two consecutive executions scheduled this week in Texas. Tonight, Thursday, September 27, Daniel Acker […]
The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out back-to-back executions this week. Today, Wednesday, September 26, Troy Clark is scheduled to be put to death for the 1998 murder of Christina Muse in Tyler (Smith County). The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected his application for clemency earlier this week and he has no […]