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.


As executions slowed during pandemic, death penalty opposition continued to grow | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 16, 2020

More than two-thirds of states (34) have either repealed the death penalty or not carried out an execution in 10 years, according to a new report. That includes Pennsylvania.


More white Americans still support the death penalty. There’s an unpleasant reason for that| Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 29, 2019

Should all-white juries be permitted in death penalty cases involving black defendants?

ACLU court settlement means Pa. will end solitary confinement on death row

BY: - November 18, 2019

A Corrections Department spokeswoman said the agreement announced Monday "formally memorializes" reforms that it has has been making over the last several years.


Dead Law Walking?| Sister Helen Prejean sounds off on capital punishment in Pa. | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 25, 2019

The poorest, the most marginalized, and the most vulnerable are too often sentenced to death,' the nun and activist says.


‘Innocence is real:’ A death row survivor makes the case for scrapping capital punishment in Pa. | Opinion

BY: - April 30, 2019

So far, capital punishment hasn't been part of Pennsylvania's conversation on criminal justice reform. But proposals in the state House and Senate are evidence that could change.

ACLU asks Pa. Supreme Court to declare the death penalty unconstitutional

BY: - February 22, 2019

The Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has asked the state’s highest court to declare the Keystone State’s death penalty statute unconstitutional, arguing that it violates equal protection provisions because of “the vast disparities across the commonwealth in the quality of representation for capital case defendants who are unable to pay.” Right now, […]