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The Death Penalty and the Eighth Amendment

The United States is one of the few secular democracies that still executes some prisoners. Is this an effective policy, or just an appeal to revenge?

5 Arguments for the Death Penalty
Debunking five common pro-death penalty arguments.

Supreme Court Death Penalty Cases
A history of recent landmark Supreme Court death penalty cases.

Sister Helen Prejean
Biography of Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking."

Famous Electric Chair Executions
Famous electric chair executions in the United States, from William Kemmler to Ted Bundy and beyond.

Is the death penalty murder?
Is the death penalty murder?

History of the Electric Chair
A single-page summary of the electric chair's origins and history.

Christianity and the Death Penalty
How is the death penalty viewed within Christianity? How have Christian perspectives on capital punishment changed over time?

All About the Death Penalty Debate
An illustrated guide to the death penalty debate in America.

Death Penalty Moratorium in Florida
Bookmark this page for frequent updates. On December 16th, 2006, Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) suspended Florida executions following the botched execution of Angel Diaz.

The Execution of Angel Nieves Diaz
The botched lethal injection of Angel Diaz led Florida, and perhaps California and Maryland, to declare moratoria on capital punishment while courts and commissions examine the constitutionality of existing lethal injection protocols.

Death Penalty Moratorium in California
Bookmark this page for frequent updates. On December 16th, 2006, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled that the state of California may not perform executions until its lethal injection protocols are revised.

Death Penalty Moratorium in Maryland
Bookmark this page for frequent updates. On December 20th, 2006, a State Court of Appeals in Baltimore, Maryland ruled that the state could not perform executions until the execution manual is submitted for a hearing and public review, in accordance with state laws.

Eight Ways to Die
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.

Types of Executions
Eight types of execution and types of death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.

Civil Liberties Blog Central - The Top 10 Blogs on the Death Penalty
Looking for blogs on capital punishment, the death penalty, and the Eighth Amendment? Here's a list of ten great ones, including Abolishthe Death Penalty, the Lonely Abolitionist, Project Hope, and more.

Recent Legal History of the Death Penalty in America
U.S. Government Information and Resources Guide Robert Longley explains how U.S. policy pertaining to the death penalty has changed over the past 40 years, and how it continues to evolve to this day.

The Death Penalty in the United States
What are the arguments for and against capital punishment? About.com Current Events Guide Kathy Gill examines the issue from both sides.

The Death Penalty and the Stanley "Tookie" Williams Case
U.S. Liberal Politics Guide Deborah White examines arguments for and against the death penalty, with special attention to the execution of reformed Crips founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams (who was executed by the State of California in 2005).

The Death Penalty Information Center
The latest news on death penalty cases, state-by-state information, statistics, and more. Updated regularly.

The American Civil Liberties Union - Death Penalty
The ACLU's advocacy page on the death penalty, with up-to-the-minute news, links, and special reports.

The Death Penalty in the United States
A short timeline history of the death penalty (capital punishment) in the United States.

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