….Better training. Smarter juries. Life without parole. And economic
difficulties. But is there perhaps one more reason why the death penalty
is on the wane?
Texas itself is changing. Its huge and growing
Latino population opposes the death penalty on religious grounds.
Americans of all stripes have moved here from other parts of the country
In this less homogenous environment, the old certainties
are being more widely questioned.
But old habits die hard in
Texas and the death penalty will not be disappearing any time soon. Back
in a cafe in rural Bellville, Harley Thomason puts me straight.
a zero-tolerance state,” he says. “They’ll just kill you in the state
of Texas if you mess up.”
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