Houston Chronicle calls for the Abolition of the Death Penalty in Texas

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The Houston Chronicle started off 2011 by calling for the abolition of the death penalty in Texas in a January 1st editorial.  The position was taken, in part, because of the very real likelihood that Texas has executed two innocent people.  The September 2009 edition of the New Yorker has an excellent expose on the Cameron Todd Willingham case and the work of The Innocence Project on his behalf.  The Innocence Project also has further information on the case of Claude Jones.  The Chronicle notes that a drop in the number of death sentences has occurred since the Texas legislature passed a life-without-parole statute in 2005.