capital punishment ~ key sites

American Bar Association (ABA) Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project
The Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, led by director Deborah Fleischaker, was launched by the American Bar Association (ABA) in September 2001 as the “next step” towards a nationwide moratorium on executions.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) : Capital Punishment Project (CPP)
The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty.

American Constitution Society (ACS) – ACSBlog
ACS promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.

American Medical Association (AMA) Policy E-2.06 Capital Punishment
A physician, as a member of a profession dedicated to preserving life when there is hope of doing so, should not be a participant in a legally authorized execution.

Amnesty International: Abolitionist Retentionist Countries
More than two-thirds of the countries in the world have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice…

Amnesty International: Human rights by topic – Death penalty
The death penalty violates the right to life. It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It has no place in a modern criminal justice system.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (Dept. of Justice)
BJS mission: To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

California Appellate Report
Thoughts on recent Ninth Circuit and California appellate cases from Professor Shaun Martin at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Capital Defense Network
Supporting the Federal Capital Defense Lawyer. Providing Habeas Assistance and Training as well as Federal Capital Defense Counsel Support.

Capital Defense Weekly (Blog)
Tracking capital issues throughout the U.S. If you need to know, minute to minute, the latest death penalty developments, subscribe to CDW’s RSS feed.

Capital Punishment Statistics (Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice)
Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death at yearend and of persons executed. The annual BJS report summarizes movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during the year.
Mapping crime incidents — makes it simple and easy for police agencies to share timely and important local crime data with citizens, activists and other community organizations [This is a GIS].

CrimProf Blog
A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network.

Death Penalty Focus
A non-profit organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment through grassroots organizing, research, and the dissemination of information about the death penalty and its alternatives.

Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC)
DPIC is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment.

Death Penalty Links, 1000+
Clark County, Indiana, Prosecuting Attorney Office.

Death Penalty Overview [Wex – LII / Legal Information Institute]
Wex is a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia sponsored and hosted by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School.

Eyewitness Identification Reform Blog
Faulty eyewitness identifications are a well-known problem in the American criminal justice system, as demonstrated by over 200 exonerations brought about by the Innocence Project — a full 75% of which are attributable to false eyewitness IDs.

European Union (EU) Policy and Action on the Death Penalty
The European Union (EU) is opposed to the death penalty in all cases and has consistently espoused its universal abolition, working towards this goal.

FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums)
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws require harsh, automatic prison terms for those convicted of certain crimes, most often drug offenses.

Human Rights Watch, Death Penalty
Human Rights Watch is a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

Innocence Project
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

justcrim – open access research cases and materials
Digital surrogate for capital punishment seminar content — An open access (free) case book for death penalty jurisprudence. is a project of the Death Penalty Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. The mission of is to create a web-based clearinghouse for information about lethal injection and challenges to lethal injection as a method of execution.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

Ninth Circuit Capital Punishment Handbook
This 2006 electronic edition of the Capital Punishment Handbook has been revised and updated. It is current through March 10, 2006.

Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.

SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) BLOG
The best law blog available, period. Tracking all things SCTOUS related but especially strong at Capital Punishment issues.

The same people who excel at SCOTUS BLOG excel at sharing key information via the SCOTUS Wiki.

Sentencing Law and Policy (Blog)
A member of the Law Professor Blogs Network.

State of California, Capital Punishment
State web-based clearinghouse on capital punishment from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

State of California, Death Row Pictures
Includes images from San Quentin and the Central California Women’s Facility. Click the thumbnail image to open the Hi-Res photo in a new browser window, then follow the instructions for your platform and browser.

State of California, History of Capital Punishment in California
Legal executions in California were authorized under the Criminal Practices Act of 1851. On February 14, 1872, capital punishment was incorporated into the Penal Code.

State of California, Lethal Injection Facility Virtual Tour
View a virtual tour of the existing lethal injection facility and the proposed lethal injection facility.

Warhol’s Electric Chairs
Andy Warhol’s Electric Chairs: Reflecting on Capital Punishment in America presented Warhol’s Electric Chair series of paintings and prints … as a catalyst to generate dialogue around the various sides of the capital punishment debate.


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