EJS Supports Reception Honoring ICDP’s First Mission to U.S.

Allison Elgart, EJS Legal Director, attended a special reception on April 24 hosted by the Consul General of Spain in San Francisco in honor of Asunta Vivó Cavaller, the Secretary-General of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty (ICDP) on the occasion of the ICDP’s first mission to the United States. The ICDP is a … Continue reading EJS Supports Reception Honoring ICDP’s First Mission to U.S.

SAFE California Act to Replace Death Penalty Wins Place on Nov. Ballot

Original post by Jeanne Woodford, former Warden at San Quentin State Prison, current Executive Director at Death Penalty Focus, and official proponent of the SAFE California Campaign. It’s official. The SAFE California Act (http://www.safecalifornia.org), the initiative to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole, has qualified for the November ballot. The last … Continue reading SAFE California Act to Replace Death Penalty Wins Place on Nov. Ballot

SAFE California Act to Replace Death Penalty Wins Place on Nov. Ballot

Original post by Jeanne Woodford, former Warden at San Quentin State Prison, current Executive Director at Death Penalty Focus, and official proponent of the SAFE California Campaign. It’s official. The SAFE California Act (http://www.safecalifornia.org), the initiative to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole, has qualified for the November ballot. The last … Continue reading SAFE California Act to Replace Death Penalty Wins Place on Nov. Ballot

Judge Finds Racial Bias in Death Penalty Sentencing of North Carolina Man

Just days before the 25th anniversary of McCleskey v. Kemp, a North Carolina judge today ruled that racial bias impacted the death penalty conviction of Marcus Robinson and re-sentenced him to to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. This was the first case applying the historic and ground-breaking Racial Justice Act, enacted by the North … Continue reading Judge Finds Racial Bias in Death Penalty Sentencing of North Carolina Man

‘Litigating Implicit Bias’ Article by Eva Paterson in Latest Issue of Poverty & Race

"Litigating Implicit Bias," an article by EJS President Eva Paterson, appears in the latest issue of Poverty & Race, a bi-monthly newsletter by the Poverty & Race Research Action Council. PRRAC is an organization that connects advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues and promotes a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality … Continue reading ‘Litigating Implicit Bias’ Article by Eva Paterson in Latest Issue of Poverty & Race

EJS Meets with Leading Death Penalty Litigators in Montgomery, Ala.

In August, the EJS legal team traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the civil rights movement, where we met with death penalty litigators from around the country to identify strategies to overturn McCleskey v. Kemp, a 1987 Supreme Court case in which a habeas petitioner presented statistical evidence showing grave disparities in the imposition … Continue reading EJS Meets with Leading Death Penalty Litigators in Montgomery, Ala.