Twenty-four executions have been carried out in 2023 — five more than last year, the Death Penalty Information Center says. Meanwhile, 50% of Americans say the death penalty is applied unfairly.
In January, the Virginia Department of Corrections restricted public access to execution records. NPR is now publishing a selection of those secret files.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sought a pause in executions and ordered a "top-to-bottom" review of the state's capital punishment system Monday after an unprecedented third failed lethal injection.
The state Supreme Court is temporarily blocking what was set to be South Carolina's first-ever firing squad execution. The planned April 29 execution of Richard Bernard Moore is now on hold.
Unable to obtain lethal injection drugs, some states have turned to outmoded alternatives to execute prisoners on death row.
Willie B. Smith III's death by lethal injection in an Alabama prison is on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered state officials to allow him to have his pastor with him when he dies.
The case of Nathaniel Woods garnered national attention, including from Martin Luther King III, the son of the late civil rights leader, who was among those who fought to block the execution.
California voters are the only ones who can repeal the death penalty, something they've rejected twice in recent elections. The Governor's moratorium will spare the lives of over 700 inmates.
Domineque Ray said the state was violating his constitutional rights by only offering a Christian chaplain. The high court ruled 5-4 that the execution could go ahead as planned.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott granted clemency for 38-year-old Thomas Whitaker. Meanwhile, Florida put to death Eric Scott Branch, and Alabama will have to reschedule the execution of Doyle Lee Hamm.