BREAKING NEWS (4/18) Oklahoma's governor signed legislation allowing use of nitrogen gas for executions if lethal injection is not possible. Two other states have recently passed similar legislation. (Tenn.-electrocution; Utah-firing squad). See Methods of Execution.
(4/16) Nebraska's unicameral legislature preliminarily passed a bill to repeal the death penalty by a vote of 30-13. Additional votes are needed for final passage.
(4/10): Oklahoma's legislature passed a bill allowing use of nitrogen gas as an alternative method of execution; not yet signed by governor. See Methods of Execution.
NEWS (4/2): All charges have been dismissed against former death row inmate Anthony Hinton in Alabama. Hinton will be freed on April 3 after serving almost 30 years on death row. The case against Hinton fell apart after testimony from his trial supposedly matching bullets to various crimes and a gun found in Hinton's home was discredited, thanks to the work of his attorneys at the Equal Justice Initiative. Read EJI's Press Release. Hinton becomes the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1973, and the second in 2015. Read DPIC's Press Release. See DPIC's Innocence List.
BREAKING NEWS (4/2): The Delaware Senate passed (11-9) a bill to repeal the death penalty for future offenses. The measure now goes to the House.
DPIC Podcast Series: We have begun a new set of podcasts on the death penalty in each state, each with interesting historical facts. The following are now available: Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Check out our podcasts now! Also listen to DPIC's podcasts on death penalty issues.