Oklahoma is set to resume executions for the first time in six years, and it's decisions who to execute and how are raising questions.
SCOTUS stayed John Ramirez's execution, likely meaning the Court will address the religious freedom of those on death row on the merits.
The state of Texas sentenced Jones to death in Tarrant County in 2001 after he was convicted of beating his 83-year-old great aunt Berthena Bryant to death in 1999. He was 20 years old at the time.
In addition to lethal injection and execution, the new law adds firing squads to the list of acceptable methods. While that might seem like a relic of the distant past, it is now very much a reality in 2021 South Carolina.
Virginia is now also the first Southern state to abolish the death penalty. But Gov. Northam’s remarks about the new law signal a renewed effort to end capital punishment across the country.
Many states have passed versions of a Racial Justice Act, but some still fight relief for racial discrimination in death-penalty cases.
Virginia is on track to become the first southern state to eliminate the death penalty, but Tennessee and Kentucky could follow.
The Los Angeles district attorney aims to end cash bail and eliminate the death penalty.