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Blog / December 9, 2016

Nebraska and Oklahoma Voters Support the Death Penalty


Not quite a year after Nebraska legislators repealed their death penalty, voters brought it back last month, while Nebraska residents voted to enshrine their death penalty statute in the state constitution.

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Blog / December 9, 2016

Proposition 66 and the Problems it Presents


A lawsuit challenging the measure has already been filed, and criminal defense experts are predicting it will cost taxpayers additional millions of dollars, while exacerbating the problems inherent in an already broken system.

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Blog / December 9, 2016

Proposition 62’s Defeat


The Justice That Works Act of 2016 did not receive majority support in the November election. We look at the campaign, some of the factors that led to its loss, and what the future of abolitionism may look like.

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Blog / December 9, 2016

Georgia is the New Leader in Executions in the U.S.


It is the highest number of executions since Georgia reinstated the death penalty 43 years ago. But the execution was even more controversial because of the circumstances of the case, a miscarriage of justice so severe, a former chief justice of the state supreme court protested in an editorial in the New York Times.

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Blog / November 4, 2016

In Brief: November 2016


Capital punishment was at the center of debates in states including Kansas, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama the past few weeks.

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