Lawmakers take a bipartisan first step toward repealing Pennsylvania’s death penalty

BY: - October 31, 2023

Legislation to repeal Pennsylvania's death penalty passed out of a state House committee in what the bill's sponsor called a historic vote.

After sentencing, Pgh synagogue shooter will fade from the public eye. Here’s why

BY: - July 16, 2023

Whatever sentence he gets, survivors say they want to make sure the message of hate stops with him.

Firing squads could return as states debate the death penalty | Analysis

BY: - March 10, 2023

Twenty-seven states allow capital punishment, but public support for it has declined.

Five things to know about the death penalty in Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 24, 2023

Lawmakers in the state House and Senate have reintroduced bills to get Pennsylvania out of the capital punishment business.

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro, joined by members of his administration and business leaders, signed an executive order on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, to establish the Pennsylvania Office of Transformation and Opportunity. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller)

Pa. Gov. Shapiro evolves, seeks to abolish fallible and irreversible death penalty | Michael Coard

BY: - February 24, 2023

Shapiro's view on capital punishment has evolved, and a columnist's view of him has too. Here's why.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Democrats propose abolishing death penalty; Republican floats mandatory sentence for murdering cop

BY: - February 22, 2023

Democrats reintroduced legislation to ban capital punishment in Pennsylvania.


Pa. shouldn’t wait any longer to abolish the death penalty | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 17, 2023

It's racist, biased, and brutalizes all of us. End it.

Shapiro refuses to sign execution warrants, calls on lawmakers to abolish capital punishment

BY: - February 16, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro also called on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to abolish capital punishment altogether.


Virginia abolished biased, botched executions; more states should follow suit | Opinion

BY: - January 5, 2023

The imposition of a death sentence gives a false impression that justice is being served.

Botched executions reached ‘astonishing’ high in 2022, report finds

BY: - December 18, 2022

Two more death row prisoners were exonerated in 2022, even as society’s ultimate sanction became more geographically isolated, with only a handful of states carrying out executions in the last year, according to a new report. The number of botched executions also reached an “astonishing” level, according to the research by the Death Penalty Information […]


Allegheny Co. DA Zappala’s decision to seek death penalty doesn’t serve justice | Opinion

BY: - May 27, 2022

Between 1978 and 2018, Pa. executed three people and spent $1B on capital prosecutions. A waste of time and money.

As he fights COVID-19, supporters call for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s release from prison

BY: - March 8, 2021

The 66-year-old, who was convicted in the death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, now suffers from an array of health problems, his supporters say, justifying his release on humanitarian grounds.