For a super short, super accessible survey of the death penalty debate, see my entry at 1000 Word Philosophy.
The U.S. government has not executed anyone since 2003. That will soon change. AG Barr announced that the government will resume executing federal death row inmates. Five prisoners are schedule for execution in December and January. More here.
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On May 30, the legislature overrode the Governor’s veto to abolish the death penalty. New Hampshire currently has one inmate on death row, though repeal makes it likely he will not be executed.
For more, see NPR.
Governor Gavin Newsom has issued executive orders that effectively place a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. All death row inmates will be granted a reprieve, and Newsom will annul California’s lethal injection protocol. California has over 700 inmates on death row, but hasn’t executed any of them for over a decade.
For more details, see the NYT.
The Washington State Supreme court has ruled that the death penalty, under current state statute, is impermissible owing to racial bias. The Court cited a study showing that black capital defendants are 4.5 times more likely to be sentenced to death than their white counterparts.