Death Penalty

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Capital punishment is currently authorized in 31 states, by the federal government and the U.S. military. In recent years, New Mexico (2009), Illinois (2011), Connecticut (2012), Maryland (2013) and Nebraska (2015) have abolished the death penalty, replacing it with a sentence of life imprisonment with no possibility for parole. Meanwhile, states across the country continue to debate its fairness, reliability and cost of implementation.
NCSL – State and Capital Punishment

Crime has been falling for the last 20-30 years and there is no proof that the death penalty deters crime. The death penalty is actually 3-4 more expensive than life in prison due to legal, administrative and court fees paid by taxpayers. Texas counties cover all of the costs associated with the prosecution and defense of capital defendants, not the Texas state government.


Abolish the Texas death penalty


Texas Constitution
Code of Criminal Procedure
CHAPTER 48. Pardon and Parole
Article 48.01 Governor May Pardon

Code – Texas Constitution
Article – 5 Judicial Department
Section – 5a Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Court of Appeals; Clerk of Court


Forbes – Considering The Death Penalty: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Marshall Project – Six Reasons the Death Penalty is Becoming More Expensive

To execute or not: A question of cost?

Amnesty International – Death Penalty Cost

The Guardian – Death penalty costs California more than $300m per execution

average cost of a Texas death penalty case is $ 2.3 million vs. $750,000 for life in prison

CNN – Study: States can’t afford death penalty

Washington Post – There’s still no evidence that executions deter criminals

Huffington Post – Death Penalty Isn’t A Deterrent On Murder Rate: National Research Council

The Atlantic – In 2012, only 59 of the 3,144 counties in America actually sentenced people to be executed.

LA Times – Death penalty costs California $184 million a year, study says

Slate – Why capital punishment cases are in steep decline, even in Texas.

Capital punishment in Pennsylvania: When death means life

Texas Moratorium Network – Quick Facts

ACLU – Death Penalty

PEW – Some major U.S. religious groups differ from their members on the death penalty

Houston Press – Texas Is Fighting to Save an Endangered Species: The Death Penalty

Houston Press – Texas Supreme Court Justice Questions Death Penalty

ABC News – 52 percent pick life in prison as the preferred punishment, while 42 percent favor the death penalty

Houston Press – Texas Moves to Make Execution Drug Suppliers Secret

Houston Chronicle – Texas Senate OKs execution drug secrecy

Houston Chronicle – Hispanic evangelicals form new front in the battle against the death penalty

Politico – Why I Changed My Mind About the Death Penalty

Las Vegas Review Journal – Audit: Death penalty nearly doubles cost of Nevada murder cases

Think Progress – New Mexico House quietly voted to reinstate the death penalty, seven years after it was abolished

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