Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement

by Dana G. Smith Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement   On any given day, 80,000 US prisoners are subjected to punishment that inflicts permanent damage to the brain. “We see solitary confinement as nothing less than a death penalty by social deprivation.” Robert King spent 29 years living alone in a six by […]

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES: EXPLAINED

by  Jessica Brand, Callie Heller   In our Explainer series, Fair Punishment Project lawyers help unpack some of the most complicated issues in the criminal justice system. We break down the problems behind the headlines — like bail, civil asset forfeiture, or the Brady doctrine — so that everyone can understand them. Wherever possible, we try to utilize the stories of those affected by […]

Was Kevin Cooper Framed for Murder?

This is the story of a broken justice system. It appears that an innocent man was framed by sheriff’s deputies and is on death row in part because of dishonest cops, sensational media coverage and flawed political leaders. by Nicholas Kristof with Jessia Ma and Stuart A. Thompson   Kevin Cooper at San Quentin. ,   […]

Call Lethal Injection the Vile Torture It Is

by STEPHEN COOPER In a New Year’s Eve display of liberal newspaper death penalty abolition harmony – buoyed by the release of the Death Penalty Information Center’s (DPIC) annual report evidencing another year in the long-observable trend of capital punishment’s disuse and disfavor in America – both the Washington Post and New York Times’s editorial boards published opinion pieces […]

Support Kevin Cooper’s Campaign to Persuade Gov. Brown to Commute His Sentence

Kevin Cooper’s case is urgent. Though completely innocent, he has lost his legal appeals and his petition for clemency from the Governor is a last effort to win his freedom. He has been on death row at San Quentin prison for 32 years. If California starts up its executions again, Kevin is at the top […]

“Great God, he is alive!” The first man executed by electric chair died slower than Thomas Edison had hoped.

  By Michael S. Rosenwald An electric chair used in 1908 at Auburn Prison in New York, where William Kemmler was executed by electrocution in 1890. (Library of Congress) To understand the gruesome history of the death penalty, it is essential to comprehend how badly inventor Thomas Edison wanted to zap his nemesis George Westinghouse. […]

Huey P. Newton’z brother Melvin speakz on their Panther historiez

BlockReportRadio.com interviews Melvin Newton, about his brother Huey P. Newton and their history in the Black Panther Party in Oakland California. Melvin talks about Huey facing the death penalty after killing Oakland Police officer Frey, the Huey Newton Defense Committee, Huey’s concept of globalization called Intercommunalism, the founding of Black Studies at Merritt College, and […]

“Nothing Good Happenz in Secret”—The Sordid Wayz Death-Penalty Statez Obtain Execution Drugz

by  Tana Ganeva  One afternoon, Donnie Calhoun, owner of Calhoun Compounding Pharmacy in Anniston, Alabama—”Compounding for Life’s Problems“—came back from a meeting to find a strange request from the Alabama Department of Corrections. The girl who’d answered the phone had written their question down on a notepad: Did he want to make a lethal injection […]

Texas Banz Prisonerz from Social Media to Hide Abusez

by Kevin Rashid Johnson Suddenly Texas prison officials are banning prisoners from having people outside of prison maintain social media accounts for them. Since prisoners do not otherwise have direct access to the internet we can’t manage our own social-media accounts. Officials are taking advantage of certain social media providers’ rules that forbid one from […]