Criminal punishment

In this July 20, 2019, photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in an electrical workers union hall in Las Vegas. Biden is proposing a sweeping criminal justice agenda that would reverse key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped author and which rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have blamed for mass incarceration of racial minorities. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 24, 2019 - 12:34 am
Joe Biden is proposing to reverse several key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped write in an acknowledgment that his tough-on-crime positions of the past are at odds with the views of the modern Democratic Party. The former vice president is calling for an end to the disparity that placed...
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July 23, 2019 - 7:08 pm
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, then-California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his time in the state's highest office during an interview with The Associated Press in Sacramento, Calif. Current and former governors, a U.S. senator and other notable figures are helping to create a new nonpartisan effort aimed at reforming the criminal justice system. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, are among 25 trustees of the Council on Criminal Justice. The council formally launched on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Its goal is to make recommendations that can win bipartisan support. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
July 23, 2019 - 4:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A criminal justice reform group that launched Tuesday has brought together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries executive in an unlikely collaboration focusing on finding solutions to problems like racial disparity and...
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FILE - This file photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Andrea Christensen, the sister of former University of Illinois student Brendt Christensen who is convicted of killing a Chinese scholar, told a jury, Monday, July 15, 2019, deciding whether he should be executed that he was a "very gentle person" who never raised his voice. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 17, 2019 - 10:40 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors began deliberating but didn't reach a decision Wednesday on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for the brutal slaying of a scholar from China he abducted at a bus stop. Brent Christensen's attorney, Elisabeth Pollock, teared up...
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File - This undated file booking photo provided by the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff's Office shows Apolinar Altamirano, a citizen of Mexico charged with murder in the shooting death four years ago of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb. A judge has ruled prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against Altamirano because he is intellectually disabled. The ruling means Altamirano will face life in prison if he's convicted of murder in the 2015 killing. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, File)
July 05, 2019 - 6:20 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against a Mexican immigrant charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb because the accused is intellectually disabled, a judge has ruled. The ruling Wednesday means Apolinar...
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This June 26, 2019, photo shows customs officials display seized drugs at the customs office in Sepang. Malaysia's government has announced plans to remove criminal penalties for the possession and use of drugs in small quantity to battle addiction, but stressed the move is not akin to legalizing drugs. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
June 28, 2019 - 1:03 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government plans to drop criminal penalties for the possession and use of drugs in small quantities to battle addiction, but stressed the move is not akin to legalizing narcotics. Malaysia has one of the world's harshest penalties for drug possession. Anyone...
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FILE - In this April 17, 2018 file image from video provided by KTHV-TV, a death penalty protester outside the Arkansas governor's mansion in Little Rock prepares to tie rope around Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen who is laying on a cot in protest of executions. Griffen on Monday, June 24, 2019 petitioned the high court, which disqualified him from hearing capital punishment cases, to allow him to handle execution-related cases again. (KTHV/TEGNA Inc. via AP, File)
June 25, 2019 - 12:00 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion two years ago has asked the state Supreme Court to allow him to handle execution-related cases again. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Monday petitioned...
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In this Friday, June 14, 2019 photo, Chris Parks wipes away a tear while talking about the murder of his brother Donovan Corey Parks in Powder Springs, Ga.. Marion Wilson Jr. and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 killing of 24-year-old Donovan Corey Parks. Butts was executed in May 2018. Wilson, who’s 42, is set for execution Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith)
June 20, 2019 - 10:37 pm
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia inmate for a 1996 killing (all times local): 10:15 p.m. An inmate executed by the state of Georgia for a slaying decades ago said in his last moments that he never killed anyone. From the execution chamber, 42-year-old inmate...
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In this Friday, June 14, 2019 photo, Chris Parks poses with a portrait of his brother Donovan Corey Parks in Powder Springs, Ga. Marion Wilson Jr. and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 killing of 24-year-old Donovan Corey Parks. Butts was executed in May 2018. Wilson, who’s 42, is set for execution Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith)
June 19, 2019 - 7:30 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The state parole board has delayed making a decision in a clemency hearing for a Georgia inmate set to be executed for the slaying of an off-duty prison guard. Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, South Korean protesters and North Korean defectors hold portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally urging the United States to discuss North Korean human rights issues in the upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul-based human rights group Transitional Justice Working Group said Tuesday, June 11, 2019, it has carried out research to identify hundreds of sites where witnesses claim North Korea has carried out public executions as it continues to aggressively use the death penalty to intimidate its citizens. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
June 11, 2019 - 3:58 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens...
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