“Before 2020, there had been three federal executions in 60 years. Then Trump put 13 people to death in six months.”
When crime goes up, divining the root of the problem is usually as ideologically fraught as it is practically impossible. But this probing feature from Alec MacGillis eludes both traps. Instead, it examines two American cities and comes to a conclusion that’s all the more compelling for its obviousness: stop letting people rot in jail. […]
Christopher Dunn has been in prison for over 30 years for a murder in St. Louis that he and others say he didn’t commit. Even though new evidence has emerged in favor of Dunn, the state of Missouri says he must stay in prison — because he wasn’t sentenced to death. He continued, “This Court does […]
“Today, the official records of these older killings are often inaccurate. If they aren’t corrected soon, the true stories may never come out; many witnesses to the crimes of the Jim Crow era are aging and dying.”
“As one of the first death sentences under the new law, Jurek’s case would become a test case, playing a key role in both the nationwide rise of the death penalty and Texas’s place at the center.”
Incarceration led to a rebirth for Clyde Meikle.
“Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.”
The mental and physical toll of life in a white supremacist state is unavoidable for BIPOC, even if it manifests differently for different people.
By bringing new dimensions to an unjust process, a well-told story has the power to impact some of our most flawed systems.
He faked an insanity defense, got out, and immediately committed another crime, and this time people are dead. He’s going to plead insanity again.