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Featuring opinion and analysis from DPF staff, board members, and guest writers, and others with first-hand experience of the death penalty system.

  • The Focus is our monthly newsletter featuring US and international news stories and interviews from our Voices feature.
  • Updates are written by the Death Penalty Focus staff–events, breaking news, and photos
  • Guest posts are written by our friends in the movement
  • Voices is our interview series from The Focus, featuring people who have first-hand experience with the death penalty system

Want to write a guest blog post? Send us a message at information@deathpenalty.org.

Blog / July 8, 2016

Voices: Quin Denvir


“I have represented several death row inmates who were able to avoid execution, and I lost one, Tom Thompson. He was very likely innocent of capital murder, and his case has been chronicled by Judge Reinhardt as a miscarriage of justice.”

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Blog / June 9, 2016

Voices: Nancy Vollertsen


“I’m doing the best I can through letters,” Nancy remembers. “I just kept thinking that they’re going to figure out they’ve got the wrong guy. And Mom wrote that everything was going to be fine.”

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Blog / May 5, 2016

Voices: Darryl Stallworth


“When I got called into the office and was told I was going to try this case I was fired up. I was excited to be recognized . . . It was a promotion,”

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Blog / April 7, 2016

Voices: Dale and Susan Recinella


“In Florida, there is no witness room for the family and friends of the condemned. They have to leave after they say goodbye in the morning, and never see that person again. As the spiritual advisor, I remain in the death house until it’s time to prepare [the inmate] for the gurney. I’m present in the witness room, and I sit in the front row, where he can see me. He knows he can look at me when the time comes."

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