Death Penalty Information Centre
Based in Washington DC, the Death Penalty Information Centre is a national non-profit organisation serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. Founded in 1990, the Centre produces in-depth reports and is an excellent resource to those working on this issue.
This well-known organisation has worked for many years towards the abolition of the death penalty, amongst other humanitarian issues.
Journey of Hope
Journey of Hope (From Violence to Healing) is an organisation where murder victims' family members, death row prisoners' family members and those exonerated from death row join together to carry out public speaking engagements and speaking tours to address alternatives to the death penalty.
NAACP Legal Defence Fund
This organisation publicises a quarterly report entitled Death Row USA which provides comprehensive US death penalty statistics together with state-by-state information.
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty was founded in 1976. With its headquarters in Washington DC , NCADP serves its large network of over 100 state and national affiliates, providing them with technical assistance, training and strategic advice to end, limit or repeal the death penalty, state by state. The National Coalition is the oldest and largest anti-death penalty organization in the United States.
Death Penalty News and Updates
This website is compiled by Dr Rick Halperin, a former chairperson of Amnesty International USA and a director of Southern Methodist University, Texas. It contains a regularly updated variety of information on the death penalty and current issues surrounding it.
Death At Midnight
by Don Cabana
Published by North Eastern University Press
This is a personal account of the experiences of Donald Cabana, a long-term corrections official and previous supporter of the death penalty. His perception of capital punishment was radically changed following his years as a prison warden on death row in Mississippi and he became an outspoken opponent to capital punishment.
The Execution of Innocents
by Sister Helen Prejean
Published by Canterbury Press
The story of two prisoners, finally accompanied to their executions by the author, evidence that was never presented to the trial jury and Sister Helen's firm belief in their innocence.
Within These Walls
by Rev. Carroll Pickett
Published by St. Martin's Press
Carroll Pickett ministered to ninety-five men and stood alongside them in the execution chamber during their final moments. This book is his memoirs of those years and illustrates why he so strongly opposes the death penalty today.
The Death Penalty – A Worldwide Perspective
by Roger Hood and Carolyn Hoyle
Published by Oxford University Press
The fifth edition of this highly praised study charts and explains the progress that continues to be made towards the goal of worldwide abolition of the death penalty. The majority of nations have now abolished the death penalty and the number of executions has dropped in almost all countries where abolition has not yet taken place.
by Bryan Stevenson
Published by Scribe UK
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned and those trapped within the farthest reaches of the US criminal justice system. This book tells of some of those he has defended in the US southern states. It is a powerful book set against a background of poverty, racial bias and political dynamics.
Upon This Chessboard of Nights and Days
by Dana Allen
Published by Texas A&M University Press.
In this book prisoners on Texas Death Row share their feelings, hopes, fears and memories through a series of non-fiction pieces and works of art. It brings a unique insight into the realities of solitary confinement in a death row environment, waiting for an execution date to be set.
Hell Is A Very Small Place
by Jean Casella, James Ridgeway and Sarah Shourd
Published by The New Press.
A collection of first-hand accounts of life in solitary confinement in US prisons, supplemented by the writing of noted experts who explore the psychological, legal, ethical and political dimensions of such confinement.
Grace and Justice on Death Row
by Brian W. Stolarz
Published by Sky Pony Press
This book tells the story of Alfred Brown, who spent over ten years on death row for a crime he did not commit. The book follows the journey taken by his lawyer, Brian Stolarz, and his dedication to gaining his client’s freedom.
Executing Freedom: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States
By Daniel Lachance
Published by University of Chicago Press
A powerful, wide-ranging examination of the place of the death penalty in American culture and how it has changed over the years. Drawing on an array of sources, the author shows how attitudes toward the death penalty have reflected broader shifts in Americans' thinking about the relationship between the individual and the state.