Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment
3:30 am
Thu January 2, 2014

PA Task Force Delays Deadline For Possible Death Penalty Reforms

Thirty-two states, including Pennsylvania, have the death penalty. Since 1976 when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment,  Rhode Island (1984),  New York (2007), New Jersey (2007),  New Mexico (2009) Connecticut (2012), and Maryland (2013)  have abolished it. But the repeal in the last three states was not retroactive so they still have prisoners on death row.  Massachusetts' death penalty statute was nullified in 1984 by court rulings.

Could Pennsylvania become the next state to abolish capital punishment?

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

A Dialogue On The Death Penalty With Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean shares her experience working with inmates on death row
Credit Rodef Shalom Congregation

Sister Helen Prejean, has been an advocate for the abolishment of the death penalty, and a spiritual advisor for death row inmates and their families for decades.

Her bestselling book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States inspired an Oscar nominated film of the same name. This week, Sister Helen comes to Pittsburgh's Rodef Shalom Congregation to speak about capital punishment and the nation's criminal justice system.

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