New report: Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2018: The Year in Review

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.

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Kwame Rockwell

Today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution of Kwame Rockwell, finding that a Texas trial court was in error in ruling that Mr. Rockwell failed to meet the threshold showing required for funds for a mental health expert.  Rockwell was scheduled to be put to death next Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Following […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts execution of Clifton Williams

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Clifton Williams to review claims of intellectual disability. Williams was scheduled to be executed on June 21, 2018 for the 2005 murder of Cecilia Schneider in Smith County. This is the first stay granted by the CCA in 2018. The CCA’s order stated: “We […]

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TCADP December 2017 Alert: The gift of justice

In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about the most recent stay of execution granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, as well as announcements related to the TCADP 2018 Annual Conference and coverage of a potential U.S. Supreme Court hearing questioning the constitutionality of the death penalty.

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