Washington State recently became the 20th state to abolish the death penalty. In a unanimous opinion, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment was unconstitutional because “it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.” This is actually the third time the death penalty has been declared unconstitutional in the state. The high […] Read More

Despite the fact that inmates have been sentenced to be executed for their crimes, death row tends to be a relatively uneventful place. You may think that inmates, having been sentenced to death, would have no reason to behave and toe the line. It would be quite easy for violent offenders to continue their violent […] Read More

California has more inmates on death row than any other state in the country. However, while the state seems to have no problem sentencing defendants to death, it seems to have a bit of an issue with the follow through. California has not executed a death row inmate since 2006. However, as the state prepares […] Read More

After spending 26 long years on California’s death row, Vicente Benavides has been freed. Benavides was on death row for allegedly raping and killing a 21-month-old child back in 1993. Despite his sentence, Benavides maintained that he was innocent of any wrongdoing and pursued all avenues for appeal. In March, the Supreme Court of California […] Read More

The death penalty is the most serious punishment that can be imposed in a criminal case. Since there is no way to undo or reverse an execution, it is important for the state to be certain that (1) the defendant accused of a crime is guilty and (2) execution is the most appropriate penalty under […] Read More