Death Penalty Focus Blog

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

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Blog / October 17, 2016

California’s Killing Counties

Five counties in southern California have been handing down so many death sentences one death penalty expert has dubbed them the "new Death Belt."

by Mary Kate DeLucco Read More

Blog / October 17, 2016

In Brief: October 2016

States around the country continue to tinker with the "machinery of death." Here are a few of the more interesting developments around the country in the past few weeks.

by Death Penalty Focus Read More

Blog / October 17, 2016

The Rising Cost of Execution

As the cost of executions rises, state officials are scrambling to find the money to pay for them.

by Death Penalty Focus Read More

It's time to end this costly, failed system.

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