Alabama has paused the carrying out of death sentences after a series of cases in which the state struggled with the procedure.
In 1972, justices handed down a decision that attacked discriminatory and capricious death sentences. But it left the door ajar for states to continue the practice.
The Malawi court’s decision provides a roadmap for future challenges to the death penalty in other southern African countries.
The execution of Lisa Montgomery in the U.S. earlier this year demonstrates how society misunderstands the effects of mental illness and trauma on criminal behaviour.
The most commonly used justification for capital punishment is not actually supported by evidence.
Victim impact statements give survivors a voice in the criminal justice process. But research shows their wrenching personal testimonies may not bring closure and can add racial bias into sentencing.
The promised benefits of lethal injection – a quick, painless death – have never come true. There’s not even agreement about which drugs are best for executions.
Should all-white juries be permitted in death penalty cases involving black defendants?
Many recent executions in the US by lethal injections have resulted in prolonged suffering before death. A historian asks: Could the guillotine be a preferable method?
How long does the brain remain conscious after decapitation?
The National Death Penalty Archive collects documents and paraphernalia behind the thousands of executions that have taken place on American soil.
Research shows the deterrent effect of capital punishment is a myth.
Pope Francis has said that death penalty violates the dignity of a person. But, this might just deepen the debate among Christians, who for a long time have been divided over the issue.
The British home secretary has decided not to seek assurances from the US that it wouldn’t use the death penalty for an IS duo arrested in Syria. This must be opposed.
Iwao Hakamada was tried for quadruple murder in 1966, but the evidence that convicted him is regarded with widespread scepticism.
Survey shows Zimbabwean policy makers need not fear a public backlash if they choose to abolition of the death penalty.
Kenya’s death penalty proposal is not the quick fix solution to curb wildlife poaching.
The 1995 Tokyo sarin attack helped make Japanese criminal justice dramatically more punitive.
Singapore claims to have nearly eliminated drug use and crime thanks to capital punishment - but the data tells a very different story.
Teens’ brains develop different skills along a predictable timeline. These milestones should influence the legal age boundaries for voting, buying guns and being put to death.