Although the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in an era when the death penalty was still widely practiced, it is difficult to argue that poisoning or electrocuting someone to death doesn't constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." At a time when most other Western democracies have abolished the death penalty, those who believe that the government has the right to kill its worst citizens should be prepared to answer their critics.
2. Meet VernonVernon Evans is a prisoner on Maryland's death row, convicted of killing two hotel clerks in 1983. He proclaims his innocence. While working through the long appeals process, he maintains this blog through a friend who forwards him questions from users and posts his answers online, providing a rare glimpse into the life of a man sentenced to die.
Amnesty International is one of the world's leading human rights organizations. You'd expect its blog on the death penalty to be bold, relevant, and international and scope--and you'd be right. While not updated quite as often as some of the other blogs, it remains one of the most original and useful online resources on international death penalty related news.
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty sponsors this blog, which provides near-daily news and commentary geared towards ending the death penalty in the United States. If you're looking for an activist blog on the U.S. death penalty debate, this is a great place to start.
Stand Down Texas works to end the death penalty in the state that executes more inmates than any other in the country.
8. Project Hope196 people currently sit on death row in Alabama, home of the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" case. Project Hope works for the abolition of Alabama's death penalty, which still carries echoes of its less-than-glorious past: Some 103 of the 196 death row inmates are African-American, and many have inadequate legal representation.
9. Not One MoreThis promising new blog, maintained by Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, is catching a lot of attention from death penalty activists. Although it focuses primarily on Virginia's capital cases, it also deals intelligently with national news and trends.
Abolish the Death Penalty site, but her personal blog is still well worth a visit. With running tallies of recent and upcoming executions, and plenty of thoughtful commentary on the meaning of capital punishment, this is a blog well worth reading for the archives alone.