The Death Penalty Dies in Malaysia and Washington State

Opponents of the death penalty are quietly celebrating today as two new legal jurisdictions have taken steps to stop all executions within their borders.

The new government of the Asian country of Malaysia just announced that it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions. Asian human rights groups immediately hailed the announcement as a major advance in their efforts. read more

States Offer Up Many Consequential Ballot Measures

Nearly 180 ballot measures face a vote on Tuesday. Here are a few of the most consequential initiatives to watch.