Today, Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project released Part II of its report, Too Broken to Fix: An In-depth Look at America’s Outlier Death Penalty Counties, which provides an in-depth look at how the death penalty is operating in the handful of counties across the country that are still using it, including Dallas County, Texas.
TCADP will co-host two events with social justice pioneer Shane Claiborne in Dallas and Fort Worth on September 27th and 28th. Claiborne will speak about his new book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us. In the book, he not only shares the grim statistics of a faulty justice system, but also the faces and stories of survivors of crime, murder victims’ families, prisoners, pastors, prosecutors, the exonerated, and even executioners.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about scheduled executions in Texas, as well as a recap of a recent Supreme Court decision rebuking prosecutors for racially discriminatory practices in a capital murder trial. You’ll also learn about actions that United Methodists in Texas are taking to affirm their church’s opposition to the death penalty.
On Friday, May 27, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) granted a stay of execution to Charles Flores, who was scheduled to be put to death Thursday, June 2 for the 1998 murder of Elizabeth Black in Dallas County. Flores’ conviction hinged largely on an eyewitness whom police hypnotized and whose testimony placed him […]
In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find updates on several Texas death penalty cases, as well as the results of the Kinder Institute’s latest Houston Area Survey, which finds that 73% of Houstonians support alternatives to the death penalty.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a stay of execution to John Battaglia, who was scheduled to be put to death tonight for the 2001 murders of his two daughters, Faith and Liberty, ages 9 and 6, in Dallas County. Battaglia is now 60 years old. His attorneys argued they needed more […]
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find a link to photos from the TCADP 2016 Annual Conference, information about a new initiative to engage Public Safety Officers on the Death Penalty, and information about three upcoming events with Sister Helen and a national conference on the death penalty.
On October 14, 2015, the State of Texas carried out its 12th execution of the year, putting Licho Escamilla to death for the 2001 murder of police officer Christopher Kevin James. Officer James was working off-duty security at a Dallas nightclub when a fight broke out in the parking lot. According to the Dallas Morning News, the U.S. Court […]