That officially idles the fifth largest death row in America.
The largest, in California, is also at a standstill while a federal appeals court weighs the question of whether long delays and infrequent executions render the penalty unconstitutional.
According to the state’s Department of Corrections, the number of new death sentences imposed by Texas courts this year is precisely zero.
There, as elsewhere, prosecutors, judges and jurors are concluding that the modern death penalty is a failed experiment.
The shift is more pragmatic than moral, as Americans realize that our balky system of state-sanctioned killing simply isn’t fixable.
As a leader of the Georgia Republican Party, attorney David J.
Since the start of 2014, all but two of the nation’s 49 executions have been carried out by just five states: Texas, Missouri, Florida, Oklahoma and Georgia.
For the first time in the nearly 30 years that I have been studying and writing about the death penalty, the end of this troubled system is creeping into view. Reason 1: Despite decades of effort, we’re not getting better at it.
Only a single vote in a House committee kept the bill bottled up, and supporters vowed to keep pressing the issue.
In February, Markell’s neighboring governor, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, declared an open-ended moratorium on executions.