Texas wants capital punishment all to itself.


It was mostly symbolic: New Jersey hasn’t actually executed someone it’s sentenced to death in more than forty years. But its decision to repeal the death penalty last week was still a seismic political event. The decision emboldened anti-death penalty lawmakers in other states like Nebraska and Maryland. (Four other states where the death penalty is legal haven’t executed anyone in decades.)

Into the breach steps Texas. A story in yesterday’s New York Times says that as a de facto moratorium on executions has become the rule in many states, The Lone Star State is now responsible for 60% of all executions in the United States, at about 23 a year. David R. Dow, a law professor in the article said that in the near future Texas will account for almost all of the executions in the country.

(On The Media takes a look at how the press covers executions in a state that averages two a month. Short answer: with increasing editorial and public disinterest.)


Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.