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2016 Election Debrief

On November 8, 2016, voters did more than just elect a new president. They voted for district attorneys, sheriffs, criminal justice reform legislation, and, in three states, the death penalty. In Nebraska, 59.6% of voters chose to repeal the abolition law passed in 2015. Oklahoma‚Äôs State Question 776 passed, protecting the death penalty through the […]

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State of Texas executes Gregory Russeau

Last night, the State of Texas carried out its ninth execution of the year, putting Gregory Russeau to death for the robbery and murder of 75-year-old mechanic James Syvertson at his Tyler auto-repair shop in 2001. Texas accounts for more than half of the executions nationwide to date in 2015. Earlier in the day, a Nueces County jury rejected the death penalty for Daniel Garcia.