On Wednesday, February 8, 2023, the State of Texas executed John Balentine. His case raised many troubling issues about the racism and ineffective legal representation that pervades the Texas death […]
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State of Texas executes Wesley Ruiz
Tonight, the State of Texas executed Wesley Ruiz after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene. Ruiz had asked the Court to halt the execution, arguing the Dallas jurors who […]
In this edition: Scheduled executions: John Ramirez faces execution on Wednesday despite District Attorney’s request to withdraw the date; Board declines to recommend clemency Case updates: Bell County drops death […]
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 […]
Update, 8:30 PM, May 19, 2021: Tonight, the State of Texas executed Quintin (“Quin”) Jones despite the pleas for mercy from his great-aunt Mattie Long, who is the sister of the victim, […]
This edition of our monthly newsletter includes case updates on Ramiro Ibarra, Raymond Riles, and James Broadnax as well as an update on death row exonerations as detailed in a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center. We also hail the Commonwealth of Virginia for becoming the first Southern state to abolish the death penalty.
The Death Penalty Information Center’s (DPIC) new Special Report: The Innocence Epidemic provides in-depth analysis regarding the facts of wrongful convictions in capital cases. With the release of this report last month, DPIC has added 11 individuals to its list of individuals exonerated from death row. Of the 185 exonerations nationwide, 16 involve cases in Texas. The report also updates a key death penalty stat: for every eight people executed in the United States, one individual sentenced to death is exonerated.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about four scheduled executions and how you can take action. Also, Pope Francis reiterates the “inadmissibility” of the death penalty, the Governor of California addresses systemic racism, and a new documentary film about the Texas death penalty case of Melissa Lucio is now available to watch online.