“Recommended this week” features highlights from the past week in news about the death penalty, crime survivors, and trauma-informed responses to crime.
Justices, give Duane Buck a second chance, CNN.com
Linda Geffin was the second chair prosecutor in Duane Buck’s case is now calling for a new sentencing in his case. She reflects on the racial bias that permeated Duane Buck’s case and our criminal justice system.
Being black shouldn’t mean a longer prison sentence, USA Today
The destructive myth of black dangerousness was heard in the highest court of the land yesterday – in a death penalty case out of Texas. Never has “broken beyond repair” been more apparent.
Leaving Mass Incarceration Behind: How Cities Are Turning to a Public Health Approach to Violence, CitiesSpeak
We’ve learned that the justice system will fail everyone unless it serves everyone. That means we must reduce violence before it occurs, using public health techniques that have been proven to heal communities instead of devastate them.
Archbishop, other faith leaders blast GOP for death penalty push, Santa Fe New Mexican
Strong words from the faith community on New Mexico’s *failed* attempts to bring back the broken death penalty.
Death Penalty Loses Majority Support for First Time in 45 Years, The New York Times
More evidence that the death penalty is dying.
Nebraska Catholic Conference launches campaign urging voters to retain repeal of death penalty, Omaha World Herald
The Nebraska Catholic Conference, with all 3 Nebraska Bishops, launched its campaign to urge 375,000 Nebraska Catholics to vote to retain the end of the death penalty.
New film with death row exoneree, #DeathPenaltyFail
Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row in Alabama, even though he was innocent. Hear his story in his own, powerful words, and then participate in the Thunderclap to make sure more people will hear his story.