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Capital-Star Q+A: Josh Shapiro on the death penalty, climate and Harrisburg

BY: - April 8, 2022

The only Democratic gubernatorial candidate on the ballot in 2022 says he's here to take on 'big fights.'


With debate over communion: Yet another reason for the Catholic church to lose members | Dick Polman

BY: - June 28, 2021

The church opposes the death penalty on principle, but has never sought to deny communion to Catholic politicians who support it.


Pa. Rep. Dwight Evans joins call for Biden to commute federal death sentences | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 26, 2021

The Philadelphia Democrat is among the signatories of a letter urging President Joe Biden to take 'swift, decisive action,' to halt executions.


Five things the Legislature can do to make Pennsylvanians’ lives measurably better in 2021 | John L. Micek

BY: - December 30, 2020

This new time calls for a reset on everything. The dawning of a new year offers just such and opportunity. The 253 members of the General Assembly should not squander it. 


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More than two-thirds of states (34) have either repealed the death penalty or not carried out an execution in 10 years, according to a new report.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 and more states are moving away from the death penalty. What’s Pa.’s excuse? | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 9, 2020

Racist. Biased. And broken. It's time to get rid of capital punishment entirely


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?

Police widow Maureen Faulkner wants Philly DA Krasner off Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal

BY: - November 13, 2019

Attorneys alleged in a King's Bench Petition filed with the state Supreme Court that Krasner was tainted with conflicts of interest in the Abu-Jamal case.

A new state grant program will help poor defendants in capital punishment cases. Why aren’t reformers satisfied?

BY: - July 30, 2019

The only problem, according to criminal justice advocates? It’s not nearly enough money.


New Hampshire just abolished the death penalty. Step up, Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 31, 2019

It's the ultimate in criminal justice reform.


‘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.