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Death Penalty Information

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  • Current: Death Penalty Information
  • Seventy percent of the world’s nations have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, including 36 since 2000.
  • 29 states, plus the federal government and the military, have a death penalty statute on their books. 21 states do not.
    • New York’s death penalty statute was struck down by its state supreme court on procedural grounds in 2004 and it has not been replaced.
    • New Jersey repealed its death penalty in 2007, New Mexico followed suit in 2009, Illinois in 2011, Connecticut in 2012, Maryland in 2013, and New Hampshire in 2019.
    • The Nebraska legislature repealed its death penalty in 2015, but a ballot measure struck down the ban in 2016.
    • In 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court struck down its state's death penalty, and in 2018, the Washington Supreme Court did the same.
    • Four additional states have governor-imposed moratoria on executions: California, Oregon, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

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Resources

DEATH PENALTY DEFENSE TRAININGS FOR 2019

January 18 – 19, 2019, Loosening the Death Belt XXIII, Birmingham, AL. Sponsored by Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. For more information, Click Here

February 15 – 18, 2019, Capital Case Defense Seminar, Monterey, CA. Sponsored by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and California Public Defender Association. For more information, Click Here

February 21 – 22, 2019, Death is Different XXV, Lake Mary, FL. Sponsored by Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For more information, Click Here

May, 2018, Darrow Baldus Death Penalty College, Iowa City, IA. Sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law. For more information, Click Here

May 16 – 18, 2019, National Capital Voir Dire Training Program, Boulder, CO. Sponsored by the National College of Capital Voir Dire. For more information, Click Here

July/August, 2019, Bryan R. Schechmeister Death Penalty College, Santa Clara, CA. Sponsored by the Santa Clara University School of Law. For more information, Click Here

August 22-23, NACDL's 21st Annual Making the Case for Life Seminar, Las Vegas, NV. Contact: NACDL's Education Manager Akvile Athanason at (202) 872-8600 ext. 630 or e-mail aathanason@nacdl.org. For more details, Click Here

October, Indiana Capital Defense Seminar, Location TBD. Sponsored by Indiana Public Defender Council. For more information, Click Here

October 25 – 26, Oregon Capital Defense Seminar, Newport, Oregon. Sponsored by Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. For more information, Click Here

November 20 – 22, Ohio Death Penalty Seminar, Columbus, OH. Sponsored by Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For more information, Click Here

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