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Congratulations, HJCP! And, Moratorium Event

In all the excitement and fury about the Mueller report, I completely forgot to congratulate our new student-run journal at UC Hastings – the Hastings Journal of Crime and Punishment

On Populism in Criminal Justice Policy, and the Death Penalty Moratorium

Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement of a death penalty moratorium drew critique from supporters of capital punishment who argued that Newsom employed his executive power in a way that flies in the

Moratorium!!! What Does It Mean?

California’s death chamber: closed. Source:Office of the Governor. Today’s stunning, forward-thinking announcement from Governor Newsom requires some careful parsing out. I am on my way to KQED, where I will

Thank You for Your Courage, Governor Newsom

Governor Newsom’s announcement of a death penalty moratorium is a breath of fresh air after decades of stagnation. Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in California, 13 inmates have

Tomorrow? Newsom? Death Penalty???

This just in: Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to announce he is taking executive action to try to eliminate the use of the death penalty in California.Two sources familiar with

Before Leaving Office, Jerry Brown Should Commute All Death Sentences

In a few days, Jerry Brown will end his tenure as Governor of California and cede the gubernatorial seat to Gavin Newsom. Newspapers are already summarizing his career, including a

Death Is Not a Victory: Dylann Roof and the Glorification of Hatred

Of all the people sentenced to death in the United States, Dylann Roof may be among the ones this planet will miss the least. He offered his North Carolina court

When They Go Low, We Go High

ExpertFile is a service that allows the public to contact experts with queries. Today, as we’re all reeling from the results of this election, I received the following query from

A Horrible Setback to Criminal Justice Reform

Prop. 66 is not the first “speed up the death penalty” proposition to pass in the last few years. Florida’s similar “fix” was tossed out by the courts as unconstitutional

Are You Against the Death Penalty? Good. Then Vote Against the Death Penalty.

It’s no big surprise that the Prop 62 campaign, which calls for the death penalty repeal, is working hard to build a coalition across political lines. Because of that, the