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New commentary at The American Conservative makes the case for "Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty"

In prior posts here and here and here, I highlighted a series of lengthy articles in The American Conservative that were part of "a collaborative series with the R Street Institute exploring conservative approaches to criminal justice reform."   These folks are at it again with this new lengthy essay titled simply "Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty."  The extendded essay, authored by Arthur Rizer and Marc Hyden of R Street Institute, merits a full read, and here are some excerpts...
Tags: Law, United States, North Carolina, Justice Department, Philly, Douglas A Berman, R Street Institute, Marc Hyden, Arthur Rizer, The American Conservative


Texas Mulls Death Penalty Exemption For People With Severe Mental Illness

People who can prove they were affected by severe mental illness when they committed a capital crime would be exempt from the death penalty under a new Texas law introduced Tuesday.  Mental health advocates joined state Rep. Toni Rose (D) as she introduced HB 3380 and presented it as a humane and cost-saving measure that would still allow a convicted killer to be punished.  “The bill would not allow an offender to walk free,” Rose said Tuesday in a press conference. “It doesn’t prevent individu...
Tags: Texas, News, Navy, Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Huffington Post, American Bar Association, Rose, Kim Bellware, Ken Paxton, American Psychological Association, Scott Panetti, Panetti, Marc Hyden


Notable opposition to initiative seeking to enshrine the death penalty in Oklahoma's state constitutions

Two big substantive fights via voter initiative concerning the death penalty this fall are taking place in California and Nebraska. But this AP article highlights that Oklahoma voters are being presented with an important kind of stylistic question concerning capital punishment.  And, as the article explains under the headline "Oklahoma death penalty question faces bipartisan opposition," there is some notable disaffinity for its proposition. Here are the basic details: A proposal to ask Oklaho...
Tags: Law, California, Senate, House, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Legislature, Tulsa, Mike Christian, Douglas A Berman, Oklahoma Ethics Commission, Marc Hyden, Oklahoma Libertarian Party


Are there really now lots more conservatives in lots of states "starting to question the cost and legality of capital punishment"?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new short Governing article with this full headline: "The Death Penalty’s New Skeptics: In states across the country, conservatives are starting to question the cost and legality of capital punishment."  Here are excerpts from the article: It’s a government program that is prone to error, marred by long delays and far more expensive than alternative policies.  So it may be little wonder that the death penalty keeps attracting new opposi...
Tags: Law, Washington, Gop, Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, National Rifle Association, Utah Senate, Kentucky House, Montana House, Douglas A Berman, Marc Hyden, Hyden


Conservatives push for nearly unthinkable death penalty ban

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former gun industry lobbyist and budget-hawk Republicans are leading what might seem to be an unlikely hard-right campaign - trying to sway conservatives in places like Utah and Kansas that they should be the first Republican-held state in four decades to ban the death penalty. The push from the political advocacy group Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty and lawmakers in places such as Nebraska would have been unthinkable a few years ago...
Tags: Utah, Austin, Death Penalty, Kansas, Nebraska, Jon Herskovitz, Texas Reuters, Marc Hyden, Conservatives Concerned


Effort To Repeal Utah Death Penalty Falls Short In State House

The Utah legislature on Thursday abandoned an ambitious bid to repeal the death penalty in the state which would have made life without parole the maximum penalty for murder. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Steve Urquhart (R) abandoned the effort before the midnight deadline. Urquhart told the Associated Press he was closing in on the number of votes needed, but that enough lawmakers remained unsure and a debate would have run down the clock on the legislature's last day.  Urquhart noted he thinks the ...
Tags: Utah, House, Associated Press, Huffington Post, Kim Bellware, Horton, Ronnie, state Senate, Gardner, Sen Steve Urquhart, Urquhart, Bureau of Justice, Utah Death Penalty Falls Short In State House, Randy Gardner, Ronnie Lee Gardner Randy, Marc Hyden