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Caring for the Condemned: Does It Make Sense to Treat the Mental Health of Someone Facing Execution?

How the new mental health facility for California’s death row inmates reflects our nation’s ongoing ambivalence about the death penalty.

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To Catch an Arsonist: Will We Ever Have a Reliable Way to Identify Fire Starters?

Gradual advancements in the art and science of fire investigation continue.

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The Value of Taping Interrogations

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.

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Bring Back Hemlock! America’s Dirty Secret About Lethal Injections

Amid drug shortage, states look to shady distributors—with disastrous results.

Quick Studies

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Are Death Row Inmates Innocent If They Refuse a Last Meal?

A new study finds that prisoners who deny their guilt are more likely to hold out on eating before execution.

 

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Why Don’t We Just Shoot Condemned Inmates?

If we’re going to kill people, there’s only one good way to do it.

 

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Missouri Execution Could Kill Americans’ Access to Key Anesthetic

Pharmaceutical companies in the European Union are blocking off-label drugs for executions.

 

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Texas Will Execute Its 500th Inmate Today

Public opinion of the death penalty remains stable in the U.S., and higher in Texas.

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The Death Penalty Is Experiencing Technical Difficulties

How legal wrangling over the chemicals used in lethal injection could shut down capital punishment.

 

The Final Feast: Last Meals on Death Row

 

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The Death Penalty on Life Support

Forty years ago, Americans’ moral qualms almost ended the death penalty. Now we’re abandoning it again — but not because we object to executions.

 

A Mind of Crime

How brain-scanning technology is redefining criminal culpability.

 

Should Minors Ever Face Life Without Parole?

Four years ago the high court decided no minor should face the death penalty. Now it’s poised to determine if youths should face life without a chance of parole.

 

Innocent Until Reported Guilty

The simple prescription for reducing wrongful convictions: better journalism about crime and punishment.

 

Nastier, Noisier, Costlier — and Better

Why letting judges speak out during political campaigns enhances democracy and serves justice.

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