People found out about crime and punishment in that most spectacular era of public executions, the Renaissance, through melody.
The US Supreme Court is bitterly divided over the death penalty. One reason for that is all the convictions based on coerced confessions
Abolition has become a political football – and many politicians see the advantage of supporting it.
More than 150 people have been released from death rows around the US after having their wrongful convictions overturned. Most continue to face social stigma and unemployment.
As with most aspects of criminal justice in sub-Saharan Africa, the death penalty as it currently exists in law is a colonial import. Criminal justice before the modern era was a private matter.
Why do so many people support capital punishment?
India has only hanged four criminals since 2003. But given the state is founded on principles of non-violence, it's surprising they executed any of them.
What are the arguments for and against the death penalty and do they stand up to examination?
SCOTUS effectively continued the practice of lethal injection with its ruling. But is lethal injection really as humane as we think?
Whatever you think of capital punishment, if your police force helps convict people of capital crimes, you are complicit to some degree.
Indonesians have long felt that Australia lacks respect for their nation's sovereignty, but Indonesia's status as a rising power adds to the urgency of recalibrating our approach to the relationship.
Australians are the ones who suffer when consular support is weakened overseas.
In condemning Indonesia's execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Australia has relied on the same human rights obligations that it rejects when applied to asylum seekers.
Indonesia’s most distinguished practising human rights lawyer, Mulya Lubis, is central to continuing efforts in Indonesia to abolish the death penalty.
Australia's politicians were unable to make the most persuasive argument for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran because Australia is also a combatant in the misguided war on drugs.
The search for clean and painless executions may have failed, raising questions about the constitutionality of capital punishment.
At 48%, the proportion who agree that “for some crimes, the death penalty is the most appropriate sentence” is the lowest ever recorded.
The case seemed to end on the first day of the trial when the lawyer for the accused declared Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did plant one of the bombs. So what is really at stake here?