In this edition Scheduled executions: Four executions currently scheduled for the Fall of 2021 In case you missed it: Documentary film The Phantom renews scrutiny of the wrongful execution of Carlos DeLuna; Raymond Riles resentenced after 45 years on death row; 75% of Dallas voters prefer alternatives to the death penalty; questions remain as to why media witnesses were excluded […]
Dallas voters strongly support alternatives to the death penalty, according to a recent poll conducted by the independent research firm Public Policy Polling. When asked which punishment they prefer for people convicted of first-degree murder, 75% of respondents opted for a sentence of life in prison with a possibility of parole after 20 or 40 years or life […]
Earlier this week, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University released the results of its Houston Area Survey for 2020. Now in its 39th year, the survey measures Houstonians’ views on a wide range of issues facing the region, including the death penalty. The results of the 2020 survey affirm what we’ve observed for […]
A new poll by Public Policy Polling released today found that Americans oppose the death penalty for persons with mental illness by a margin of 2 to 1. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they opposed the death penalty for persons with mental illness, while only 28% favored it. Opposition was consistent across all political parties, with a majority of Democrats (62%), Republicans (59%), and Independents(51%) all indicating they opposed the death penalty for the mentally ill, and across all regions of the country.
Results from the latest Gallup Poll show that national support for the death penalty has dropped to its lowest level in more than 40 years. According to the poll, “Sixty percent of Americans say they favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, the lowest level of support Gallup has measured since November 1972, when 57% […]
Earlier this week, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) published the results of a national poll about Americans’ views on the death penalty. Here are some of the key findings: The poll showed growing support for alternatives to the death penalty when compared with previous polls. 61% of voters would choose a punishment other than […]
The Crime Report, an independent non-partisan medium for issues relating to crime and justice, published an article on March 7, 2010 called “The Death Penalty in Texas: A Change in Heart?” The article focuses on recent trends in Texas regarding the decreasing number of death sentences across the state, most notably in Harris County. Harris […]