DYK (#13) The Links Between Lynchings and Executions

This is well represented by the fact that 41.38 percent of death row inmates nationally are black, and 84 out of 164 death row exonerees are black, yet black people make up only 15 percent of our national population, and black men are a significantly smaller percentage. Furthermore, The Equal Justice Initiative points out that “More than eight in ten American lynchings between 1889 and 1918 occurred in the South, and more than eight in ten of the more than 1400 executions carried out in this country since 1976 have been in the South.” Continue reading DYK (#13) The Links Between Lynchings and Executions

DYK (#9) Sentenced to Death Without Killing Anyone

Many states, notably Texas and California, have a Felony Murder Law or “Law of Parties”  which allows for someone to be sentenced to death even if they did not kill the victim, but only acted as a participant in the crime. This law works by mandating that if you were involved in committing a felony that resulted in death(s), you are equally as responsible for … Continue reading DYK (#9) Sentenced to Death Without Killing Anyone

DYK(#7)Execution: You Can Volunteer for That?

The death of Scott Dozier on Nevada’s Death Row will surely renew discussion on prisoners who “volunteer” to be executed. Dozier was one of a growing number of condemned people who gave up their appeals in hopes of being executed sooner. Because Nevada could not acquire the correct drugs to legally or “humanely” kill him, his execution in July 2018 was called off. It seems … Continue reading DYK(#7)Execution: You Can Volunteer for That?

DYK (#4)Women on Texas Death Row

Did you know there are currently 6 women sentenced to death in Texas? Since executions resumed in 1976 Texas has also executed 6 women.  The women currently on Texas Death Row are: Darlie Routier Linda Carty Erica Sheppard Melissa Lucio Kimberly Cargill Brittany Holberg For more information on women on death row: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Records-6-women-have-been-executed-in-Texas-6543820.php Update on Darlie’s case and quest for exoneration: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/New-DNA-Testing-Underway-in-Darlie-Routier-Capital-Murder-Case-500427111.html About Linda Carty: … Continue reading DYK (#4)Women on Texas Death Row