Despite a moratorium on executions, Pennsylvania’s death-penalty statute has cost taxpayers nearly a billion dollars since 1976, or more than $250 million for each execution. Even more compelling, some of the state’s roughly 150 death-row inmates are, almost certainly, innocent. In a series of occasional editorials and columns this year, The Herald is urging Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to abolish this inhumane, racially unjust, and outdated law, and join 23 other states in ending capital punishment.

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In calling for an end to the federal death penalty, President Joe Biden spoke with bold clarity during last year’s presidential campaign. He also vowed to provide incentives for states to abolish their capital punishment laws. 

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Two days after a serial rapist murdered his 23-year-old daughter, a doctoral student in Philadelphia, Sylvester Schieber attended Saturday night mass with his wife, Vicki, at their home parish in Maryland.

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George Floyd’s death rocked the world. Millions of people watched Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneel on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, as Floyd pleaded for his life.

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Virginia’s abolition of the death penalty, effective July 1, marks a dramatic turn in the fight to abolish capital punishment in the United States.

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Quietly and without fanfare, President Donald Trump is making a lethal exit, as his administration executes the most people during a presidential transition in more than 130 years. This unprecedented lame-duck killing spree mocks Trump’s campaign caricatures as a criminal justice reformer.

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New Generation: Crime of Punishment series