November 10, 2016
Voters approved recreational marijuana in California yesterday, and four states also approved minimum wage increases.
July 7, 2016
Australia needs a consistent and pragmatic national strategy that outlines its policy approaches to consistently addressing the death penalty challenge, writes John Coyne from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
April 29, 2015 12
The coverage of the execution of Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has been sympathetic and tearful. But there was a time when the Australian media thought they were getting what they deserved.
April 29, 2015 1
A groundswell of support from the Indonesian people and a startling admission by a Filipino drug smuggler saved a foreign domestic worker from the firing squad last night, writes freelance journalist Cade Lucas in Indonesia
March 25, 2015 1
Crikey readers have their say on anti-depressants, the death penalty and other issues of the day.
March 24, 2015 5
The problem for anti-death penalty campaigners is that capital punishment is in fact very popular.
March 9, 2015 1
Crikey readers have their say on the death penalty, South Australian politics and other issues of the day.
February 27, 2015
Indonesia has a hardline approach to the death penalty for those involved in the Indonesian drug trade. But Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were not involved in the Indonesian drug trade, writes an Australian crown prosecutor and former resident of Indonesia.
May 9, 2014
From locked bathrooms to silent meditation retreats, journalist and novelist Brigid Delaney is committed to stream-of-consciousness tweeting.
September 22, 2011 5
Crikey live blog: Despite a last minute delay by the US Supreme Court this morning, the execution of Troy Davis, who his supporters argue was wrongly convicted of murder, went ahead this afternoon.
September 14, 2011
The government's amendments to the controversial cybercrime Bill are in, but they do little to repair it.
July 29, 2010
China executes more citizens than every other nation in the world combined, with thousands getting the death penalty in 2009 alone. Iran is a distant second in the execution stakes.
June 21, 2010
Utah allows death row prisoners to elect to be killed by a firing squad, and it may not be a bad choice. Death by firing squad takes one minute to kill a prisoner, while death by lethal injection takes nine minutes.
March 31, 2010
Amnesty International has released its annual report into death sentences and executions: at least 714 people were executed in 18 countries last year -- but that doesn't include the thousands of "secret" executions in China.
December 30, 2009
If China wants to be regarded as a civilised and important nation than it shouldn't execute foreign citizens who are suffering mental illness, like it did with Akmal Shaikh, writes George Pitcher.
October 14, 2009 3
In 2004, prison guards carried Todd Willingham into the death chamber, strapped him onto a gurney and injected him with sodium thiopental to paralyse him, pancuronium bromide to collapse his lungs, and potassium chloride to stop his heart. One problem: Willingham was probably innocent.
September 24, 2009
It's not just innocent people on death row that has Amnesty giving the Japanese legal system a swerve. Prisoners are being driven clinically insane and then executed anyway.
September 18, 2009 20
Stories of grotesque bungles abound in death penalty literature, writes Lizzie O'Shea. So, why does the US continue to hand it out?
September 17, 2009 21
It’s been a bad time for executioners in America in the last month with revelations of a botched execution in Ohio and innocent men dying. But it’s been worse still for inmates.
September 15, 2009
Sarah Palin may have sounded batty accusing Obama of creating "death panels" to determine whether the sick and elderly should live or die, but they do exist, in one form or another, all over the world. Even in the US.