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Kelly Gissendaner, a 47-year-old woman, is due to be executed in Georgia on 29 September. She was convicted in 1998 of the murder of her husband, Douglas, in 1997. She has accepted responsibility for her role in the crime. Her co-defendant, who actually killed Douglas Gissendaner, is serving a life sentence.
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The first six months of 2015 have seen starkly contrasting developments on the death penalty. While the bad news has been very bad, the good news has been very good.