The Death Penalty in the USA

The Death Penalty in the USA

This post by is filled with simple and informative graphics on the Death Penalty in the USA. The graphics include data regarding:

  • countries and states with the most executions,
  • methods of execution,
  • statistics on race, “the single-most reliable predictor of whether someone will be sentenced to death,”
  • wrongful convictions and reasons for them,
  • and public opinion about alternatives to the death penalty.

Death Penalty Infographic

The Death Penalty in the USA. Produced from

Wright death sentence overturned

Wright death sentence overturned – 5/21/14 News Journal article by Sean O’Sullivan.

“Wright is not entitled to a perfect trial, but he is entitled to a fair one,” wrote Justice Henry duPont Ridgely for the full court, noting that the state improperly withheld evidence. While each item withheld was comparatively minor, the cumulative effect “creates the reasonable probability that the verdict would have been different … [had] the evidence been disclosed.”

Don’t allow feelings to cloud judgment about death penalty

Don’t allow feelings to cloud judgment about death penalty – click on this link to access the online letter and its comments

5/21/14 News Journal Letter to the Editor by Kristin Froehlich, sister of a murder victim and Board President of Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty

In response to his editorial “Should Delaware Still Have the Death Penalty?” John Sweeney asks us to debate some hard questions about the death penalty. I welcome a forthright discussion. However, I warn against getting mired in how we “feel.” Feelings are what have kept us from addressing the realities of Delaware’s death penalty as it is practiced. Feelings are what keep the death penalty on the books when Delaware has the 8th highest murder rate in the country. Feelings are what keep legislators from discussing the systemic bias in Delaware’s death penalty. Feelings are what blind us to Delaware’s death penalty failure rate (more than 1/3 of death sentences are reduced to life without parole.) Feelings are what prevent the true financial costs of the death penalty in Delaware from being disclosed. Feelings are what promote the death penalty as “the” answer for victims’ families when the vast majority of families will never have access to it. Feelings are what keep law enforcement and corrections leadership staunchly supporting the death penalty while they go begging for personnel, raises, and resources. Feelings are what keep Senate Bill 19 stuck in the House Judiciary Committee instead of allowing the facts to be debated before the full House. I “feel” disgusted that this barbaric practice remains common in Delaware, but I know my feeling is not relevant to people who disagree with me or to decision-makers. Let’s take up John Sweeney’s challenge and discuss the hard questions.

Delaware murder conviction and death sentence overturned

Delaware murder conviction and death sentence overturned

Breaking news: Delaware may join the 26 other states with wrongful death penalty convictions. Originally sentenced in 1992, Jermaine Wright’s conviction and death sentence were overturned today by the Delaware Supreme Court due to prosecutorial misconduct. The A.G.s office is assessing whether to retry the case.

Watch CNN’s Death Row Stories this Sunday, 3/9/14 at 9:00pm ET.

Watch CNN’s Death Row Stories this Sunday, 3/9/14 at 9:00pm ET.

“DEATH ROW STORIES” ON CNN AT 9 PM THIS SUNDAY EVENING, March 9th. The first episode of the series will focus on how Edward Lee Elmore, a 23-year-old African-American handyman, was charged with the murder of a well-to-do white woman in Greenwood, S.C., in 1982. The jury spent less than three hours deliberating before finding him guilty, and it wasn’t until legal intern Diana Holt began investigating his case that new evidence of his innocence emerged

Death Penalty Repeal is Smart on Crime

Death Penalty Repeal is Smart on Crime

Check out this recent letter in the Cape Gazette describing why the death penalty is the wrong choice for Delaware!

“We support law and order. We support the needs of crime victims. We support the safety of law enforcement and corrections officers. We support the need for accountability and punishment. In the years since I have been studying the death penalty since the murder of my brother and four of his friends in 1995, I have learned that the death penalty not only does not do justice to those issues, it actively undermines them through unintended consequences, even in Delaware.”