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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.

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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.

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The Final Feast: Last Meals on Death Row

George Cowan, Founding President of Santa Fe Institute: 1920-2012

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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.

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