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Nevada's death penalty nearly double the cost

Dollar Bill on FlagNevada's death penalty costs at least half a million dollars more than a similar non-death penalty case, according to a new study by the Nevada State auditors.

"Without the death penalty, we'd free up lots of resources for other public safety needs," said Nancy Hart, president of the Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Nancy was in the capitol yesterday to see the hearing where the findings were presented to lawmakers.

The result – that the death penalty is more expensive – comes as no surprise, since every major state death penalty cost study has come to the same conclusion.

Conservative outcry over Texas execution is unprecedented – *Updated*

Panetti with shaved head

We will be updating our Twitter feed and this post with more information as it comes in.

*Update – 12/4/2014, 1:56pm ET* Here is the statement from Panetti's attorneys at the Texas Defender Service. It includes a thorough background on the case.

*Update – 12/4/2014, 12:01pm ET* The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay of execution while they "consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue in this matter." Read the decision here.

"Conservatives believe in a criminal justice system that is fair, just, and effective," says EJUSA’s Marc Hyden, coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. "This case has made a mockery of that system."

Marc is speaking about the execution of Scott Panetti, set for tonight in Texas. Panetti’s mental illness has been well-documented for over 30 years. At his trial, he represented himself wearing a purple cowboy costume and tried to call the Pope, John F. Kennedy, Anne Bancroft, and Jesus Christ to testify. His lawyers say that his current state of mind is worse than it has ever been. Yet Texas’ Board of Pardons and Paroles vote 7-0 to let the execution go forward.

The Governor or the Supreme Court can still step in. And they would do well to listen to the massive, nationwide outcry that the execution has generated.

EJUSA helps mobilize support for repeal in Uganda

UADP kickoffThe death penalty is in decline all over the world, not just here in the United States. In fact, 70% of the world’s countries have abandoned it in law or practice with 90 countries doing away with it since 1976.

So when EJUSA Campaign Strategist Colleen Cunningham got the invitation from the Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing to participate in the official launch of a new death penalty repeal organization in Uganda, she jumped at the chance to be a part of this growing international momentum.

The Journey of Hope is led by family members of murder victims. They conduct speaking tours highlighting the impact of the death penalty on those at its center – victims’ families, families of people on death row or who have been executed, exonerees, and other activists. Colleen provided logistical support to the Uganda speaking tour, helped launch a new website for Ugandans Against the Death Penalty, met with the Archbishop and other leaders in the Archdiocese of Kampala, and talked about the current state of the U.S. death penalty on a local Catholic radio show.

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