The Story So Far


Finding Their Voices: Lynden Harris shares the story of collecting stories from prison

Lynden Harris is the founder and artistic director of Hidden Voices, an organization that partners with underrepresented communities to shar...

By: Jeremiah Mickey

Date Posted: 10/30/2021


'Complicate People's Version of the World:' Maurice Chammah talks about discussing and documenting the death penalty in America

A native Texan and former Fulbright fellow, Maurice Chammah began his career with the Texas After Violence Project, carrying out oral hist...

By: Written and Reported by: FDRIP Volunteer

Date Posted: 9/25/2021


‘The First Step to Improving Yourself is Recognizing You Have a Problem” Marc Bookman discusses the failings of the death penalty in the United States

Marc Bookman has been battling the death penalty for decades. He’s the kind of man with a favorite Supreme Court quote: in the dissent of

Witnessing Texas: Concerns Raised about Media Members Witnessing John Hummel’s Scheduled Execution after ‘Error’ Handling Quintin Jones’s Death

Texas is moving forward with another execution, the pall of “a critical error” that prevented media witn...

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 6/29/2021


Losing Their Light: Christopher Vialva's mother, 'congregation' feel his absence at first Passover since his execution

“You can see the Father all over his face.” Lisa Brown shared this photo of her son, Christopher Vialva, with us. It will adorn the headstone she just picked out for them to share. In the phot...

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 3/30/2021


What Remains: Asking Terre Haute FCI How They Return the Bodies of Executed Inmates

In February, we called the public information office for FCI Terre Haute and stated that we wanted to ask some questions about the process of returning the remains of executed inmates to their familie...

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 3/6/2021


Canvass Congress Project: California

House of Representatives: Jared Huffman, 2nd District: Congressman Jared Huffman was unable to schedule a time to meet wit...

By: Amanda N. Marino (compiled by the Canvass Congress Team)

Date Posted: 2/20/2021


A Daughter's Love: Bethany Bourgeois George Describes Growing up with Alfred Bourgeois

Growing up, “he was always there.” Sixty-six days ago, Bethany Bourgeois George lost her father Alfred Bourgeois. Had her father died from COVID-19 like millions of other people around the worl...

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 2/14/2021


Hurry Up and Wait: The Delays While Waiting to Witness Executions

The following article was written by a media witness to seven of the 13 federal executions carried out under the Trump Administration. In it, this media witness discusses what happens during the ex...

By: Amanda N. Marino (Editor)

Date Posted: 1/20/2021


Lisa's Niece: Jessica Farley Shares Her Memories of Lisa Montgomery

“When I sat down in front of Lisa, it was like I was looking at myself almost.” Jessica Farley didn’t grow up knowing her aunt Lisa Montgomery; they had no relationship before Montgomery’s arrest, ...

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 1/19/2021


A Sister’s Story: Alexa Cave Opens Up about Dustin Higgs

“He opened his eyes, and I’m the first person he saw.” Fifty-one-year-old Alexa Cave remembers meeting her brother (biologically her first cousin) Dustin Higgs when her aunt brought him home from ...

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 1/15/2021


Letters from Death Row: Dustin Higgs

“How are you doing?” “My purpose for contacting you is because I received a letter from you today. I would first like to say thank you for having the good hearted [intent] to offer the voiceless a ...

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 1/13/2021


Dustin Higgs: Scheduled to Die January 15, 2021

You can weigh in on Dustin Higgs's execution now. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection, but you can make your voice heard by going to

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 1/13/2021


Corey Johnson: Scheduled to Die January 14, 2021

You can weigh in on Corey Johnson's execution now. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection, but you can make your voice heard by going to

Lisa Montgomery: Scheduled to Die January 12, 2021

You can weigh in on Lisa Montgomery's execution now. She is scheduled to die by lethal injection, but you can make your voice heard by going to

The Great Debate: Where Does the Story of Lisa Montgomery and Bobbie Jo Stinnett Start, and What Does Justice Look Like at its End?

In 2007, a jury in the American criminal justice system convicted Lisa Montgomery and sentenced her to death. Today, her case is in a near-constant state of reanalysis, appeals, and judgment - but alo...

By: Avraham Forrest and Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 1/10/2021


The Room Where We Watch Men Die: Part II

The following article is the second part of a two-part series written by a reporter who served as a media witness for six of the ten federal executions that took place in 2020. This narrative cont...

By: Amanda N. Marino (Editor)

Date Posted: 12/29/2020


The Room Where We Watch Men Die: Part I

The following article is the first part of a two-part series written by a reporter who has served as a media witness for six of the ten federal executions that have taken place this year. ...

By: Amanda N. Marino (Editor)

Date Posted: 12/19/2020


Alfred Bourgeois: Scheduled to Die December 11, 2020

You can weigh in on Alfred Bourgeois's execution now. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection, but you can make your voice heard by going to

Letters from Death Row: Brandon Bernard

"How are you?" "Thank you for writing." Brandon Bernard began his letter like he was writing to a friend. "Throughout this mad dash to kill people here in death row, I have notice[d] the la...

By: Amanda N. Marino

Date Posted: 12/10/2020


Brandon Bernard: Scheduled to Die December 10, 2020

You can weigh in on Brandon Bernard's execution now. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection, but you can make your voice heard by going to