Dispatch From a Missouri Execution: A Microcosm of the US Death Penalty Fight

The state-sponsored execution of 52-year-old Brian Dorsey on Tuesday evening in Bonne Terre, Missouri, marked the fifth such execution to take place in the U.S. this year, as right-wing activists across the nation push hard to expand the use of the death penalty.

Two more executions are already scheduled to take place in Missouri this year, despite a multipronged anti-death-penalty campaign, including prisoner support; focused bipartisan legislative initiatives starting with repeal; exoneration and clemency campaigns; and pressuring officials to reopen problematic cases tried by known racially biased prosecutors.

The wider national conflict between those who wish to abolish the death penalty and those who support it was apparent Tuesday evening outside the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (ERDCC).

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