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Study: more than 4% of inmates on death row are innocent


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:48 am April 29, 2014 According to a study released by the researchers In Michigan and Pennsylvania, more than 4 percent of inmates sentenced to death row in the U.S. are innocent. The article, “Rate of False Conviction of Criminal Defendants Who Are Sentenced to Death” – was published Monday in the Proceedings of the […]

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Update: Man who pinned letter declaring innocence executed


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:02 am March 20, 2014 A Texas death row inmate who pinned a letter to a member of Gawker media declaring his innocence has been executed. Ray Jasper, 33, was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday. He was convicted fourteen years ago for the murder and robbery of a San Antonio […]

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Ray Jasper will die in two weeks, here’s his letter

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:09 am March 5, 2014 The following letter was written by Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper, who was sentenced to death at age 19 for the murder and robbery of recording studio owner David Alejandro. It originally was published on Gawker, and is addressed to Hamilton Nolan a member of the […]

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Death row inmate’s life spared on eve of execution

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:26 am January 29, 2014 A Missouri death row inmate’s life has been spared just hours before he was set to be executed. The U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls on Tuesday night. 

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On death row for being black? The case of Duane Buck

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:11 pm November 21, 2013 Texas’ highest criminal court rejected an appeal from a convicted murderer where supporters charge that his death sentence was unfairly based on his race. Duane Buck, 50, was convicted and sent to death row for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and a man at her apartment in […]

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NC Republicans Override Racial-Bias Death-Row Vetoe

NC Republicans overrode Dem. Governor Beverley Perdue’s vetoe of a law that would make it more difficult for death row prisoners to use evidence of racial bias when challenging their sentences.

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