Death Row http://tpr.org en A Shortage Of Lethal Drugs For Executions Has States Considering Other Methods http://tpr.org/post/shortage-lethal-drugs-executions-has-states-considering-other-methods <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The history of executions in America seems to be a string of one botched form to another. </span>In a reaction to a botched execution in April and the supply of lethal drugs drying up, states like Tennessee have announced the return of the electric chair.</span></p><p>Dr. Deborah Denno, who teaches law that Fordham University in New York and is considered an expert on the topic of executions, said it was botched executions that led states to consider the electric chair in the early 1900s.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:45:36 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32253 at http://tpr.org A Shortage Of Lethal Drugs For Executions Has States Considering Other Methods The Source: Calls To End Solitary Confinement http://tpr.org/post/source-calls-end-solitary-confinement <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In US prisons 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement every year,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">spending more than 22 hours completely alone.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's expensive, its effectiveness is questionable and a growing body of work shows it <a href="http://www.jaapl.org/content/38/1/104.short" target="_blank">exacerbates mental health issues</a>. In addition to exacerbating mental health issues already present there is substantial research showing it causes mental health problems.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:02:21 +0000 Paul Flahive 27974 at http://tpr.org The Source: Calls To End Solitary Confinement Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas? http://tpr.org/post/texas-matters-how-would-raising-minimum-wage-affect-texas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage to nine dollars an hour and permanently indexing it to the cost of living.</span></p><p>Supporters say it's a way to redistribute income from thriving corporations to workers. Others say it’s a surefire way to kill jobs.</p><p>With the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ro6/fax/minwage_tx.htm" target="_blank">most minimum wage workers in the union</a>, Texas would be the state most impacted if the wage increase becomes law.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:19:20 +0000 David Martin Davies 8054 at http://tpr.org Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas? Permian Basin On The Upswing While Panhandle Struggles http://tpr.org/post/permian-basin-upswing-while-panhandle-struggles <p></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Oil Revenue Rises, Cost Of Living Follows</span></strong></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:22:20 +0000 David Martin Davies 6852 at http://tpr.org Permian Basin On The Upswing While Panhandle Struggles Results From DNA Testing Further Implicate Hank Skinner In Murder Case http://tpr.org/post/results-dna-testing-further-implicate-hank-skinner-murder-case <p></p><p>DNA testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner said would prove he is not a triple murderer is doing just the opposite. &nbsp;On Wednesday, the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed papers that say the DNA incriminates Skinner.&nbsp;</p><p>Skinner was convicted of killing his live-in girlfriend and her two adult children on New Year’s Eve in 1993.</p><p>But Skinner has insisted he’s innocent and the DNA&nbsp; would clear him of the crimes. The DNA was not tested during his murder trial and Skinner has been fighting in the courts to get access to the evidence for testing.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:56:30 +0000 David Martin Davies 1831 at http://tpr.org