This week, California officials granted media rare access into San Quentin’s death row unit where more than 700 inmates are housed, and an $853,000 death chamber sits unused. For nearly a decade, debates over capitol punishment have paused executions at the prison, which has the largest number of death row inmates in the country.
The state of Georgia executed its first female inmate in 70 years Wednesday (Sept. 30), despite a stay of execution plea from the Pope. Kelli Gissendaner, a 47-year-old mother of three sentenced to death for plotting her husband’s murder, was lethally injected at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a dead man walking.