“Recommended this week” features highlights from the past week in news about the death penalty, crime survivors, and trauma-informed responses to crime.
Three States to Watch if You Care About the Death Penalty, The Marshall Project
Voters in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and California will face death penalty questions at the polls. The Marshall Project looks at what’s on the ballot in each of the states and what is at stake.
Baltimore Is Attacking the Roots of Violence with Public Health Measures—and Saving Lives, Scientific America
Violence is contagious and can spread from person to person, just like a disease. The Baltimore City Health Department is bringing down violence in some of Baltimore’s highest violence neighborhoods using a public health approach.
75 Tampa Bay area religious leaders call for end to death penalty in wake of Harvard report, Tampa Bay Times
“Right now today, the time has come, the moment is here,” Meyer said. “It is our opportunity as faith leaders and as people of good will from across the state of Florida and particularly Tampa Bay to say it’s time to end the death penalty. It serves no public good.” EJUSA’s Florida-based organizer, Christine Henderson, helped organize the sign-on letter and was also on hand at the press conference to speak about the national implications of the ‘outlier’ report.
Florida Supreme Court says state’s new death penalty law is unconstitutional, The Washington Post
Just seven months after Florida revamped its death penalty law, the state’s Supreme Court struck down the new statute as unconstitutional because it does not require juries to be unanimous about handing down the sentences.
A Call to End the Death Penalty, Shane Claiborne – via YouTube
Shane Claiborne with a powerful message: “We can live without the death penalty.” Shane encourages us all to “Go Public” for our support for ending the death penalty, especially those of us who live in states where the death penalty is on the ballot this November.