Politics & SocietyNews
Zoey Maraist - Catholic News Service
While standing outside the prison that housed Virginia's execution chamber, Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation abolishing the death penalty in the state March 24.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Molly Cahill
Virginia is on its way to becoming the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty and, significantly, the first formerly Confederate state to achieve abolition.
Politics & SocietyNews
Carol Zimmermann - Catholic News Service
“There can be no justice on the fly in matters of life and death.”
FaithFaith in Focus
Matthew Zurcher
A picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus hangs above my bed and is one of my most precious possessions. Its artist, like Jesus, has been condemned to die for his crimes.
Demonstrators in in Terre Haute, Ind., gather to protest the execution of Lisa Montgomery on Jan. 12. She was put to death by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute soon after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a hold on her execution at 1:31 a.m. (EST). She was the first woman to be put to death in federal prison since 1953. (CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Bill McCormick, S.J.
The rush of federal executions was an “aberration” that does not reflect the great successes of the death penalty abolition movement in recent years.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
For 17 years the attorneys general of the United States did not pursue death even though that power was in their hands, then you hit somebody like Trump.’