Why You Need to Reconsider Death Penalty Now

Why You Need to Reconsider Death Penalty Now

The former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court was convinced to oppose the death penalty. This was more than 15 years ago and resulted from the efforts I and others carried out to educate people about why the death penalty was problematic, ineffective...
What It Takes to Reform Broken Prison System

What It Takes to Reform Broken Prison System

We can’t keep doing the same things over and over while crossing our fingers hoping for a different outcome. A chapel speaker during my high school years put it this way, “If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.” This insight...
US Prison Population Drops; Jail Numbers Surge

US Prison Population Drops; Jail Numbers Surge

A multiyear decline in the overall U.S. prison population continued through the first half of 2021, according to a Vera Institute of Justice report published June 7. The total incarcerated population stands at just under 1.77 million currently, with nearly 1.2 million...
Majority Favors Death Penalty Despite Doubts

Majority Favors Death Penalty Despite Doubts

A majority (60%) of U.S. adults support the death penalty for people convicted of murder, according to a Pew Research Center report published June 2. This is down slightly from 2020 when 65% of all respondents favored the death penalty for murder convictions....