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Tanya
Greene
Tanya Greene’s work focuses on criminal justice issues, including the death penalty, indigent defense, solitary confinement and juvenile justice. Greene worked as a capital defense practitioner for almost 15 years prior to joining the ACLU.
 
She began at the Southern Center for Human Rights, representing indigent capital clients in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Greene then worked as a Deputy Capital Defender at the New York Capital Defender Office where she represented capitally charged clients in the New York City area.  The New York Capital Defender Office was instrumental in having the New York death penalty statute declared unconstitutional in 2004.  Subsequently, Greene served as the Training and Assistance Counsel for the National Consortium for Capital Defense Training where she developed innovative training and consulted with capital defense practitioners on cases nationwide.
 
Greene received her J.D. from Harvard Law School after graduating from Wesleyan University with a double major in Sociology and Afro-American Studies.  Greene is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Conference of Black Lawyers; she serves on the Board of Directors of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center, a death penalty non-profit in Houston, Texas.

Federal Court Slaps Federal Prosecutor Down

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:19pm
More support for death penalty abolitionist states to remain that way came yesterday when a federal court upheld Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's right to refuse to transfer a state inmate to federal custody where he might be subjected to capital prosecution and potentially the death penalty. Specifically, the court held that if a governor refuses attempts by the federal government to transfer a state inmate into federal custody under the Interstate Agreement on Detainers (IAD), the federal government cannot then utilize another strategy to force the transfer. In other words, you don't get two bites at the apple, Mr. Prosecutor. Big ups to Rhode Island ACLU Executive Director Steven Brown for helping coordinate advocacy that resulted in this win. Rhode Island abolished the death penalty first in 1852, and for good in 1984 — and they mean it.

California Prisoners on Hunger Strike Again to Protest Solitary Confinement

By Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project & Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 3:46pm

In July, hundreds of prisoners confined in Pelican Bay State Prison and nine other California correctional facilities protested the heinous conditions of their confinement with the only means they had: their ability to peacefully refuse food. After…

Murder Victims' Families Say No to More Killing

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 3:23pm

We heard a lot last week about the MacPhail family who wanted Troy Davis killed despite his innocence. But what about the loved ones of murder victims who oppose the death penalty?

Why haven't we heard many, if any, media accounts from James…

I AM TROY DAVIS

I AM TROY DAVIS

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 10:58am

The state of Georgia has blood on its hands.

Last night, Georgia strapped down an innocent human being and forced lethal poison into his veins until he died. In your name; in my name, unashamed and unhesitating.

This case had most…

Another Death Row Inmate Freed Due to Innocence – And Another Unsolved Case

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:20pm

Twenty years ago, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were the talk of the Memphis tristate area as they stood accused of brutally killing three little Boy Scouts. Folks seemed particularly titillated by the news reports…

Life Without a Chance

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 2:06pm

We as a nation need to stop throwing away our children. Kids are still maturing and developing — as I like to say, they are not done yet. As a result, society treats kids and adults differently in a wide array of contexts: kids cannot drive,…

Choosing Death Over Life: (Still) Starving to Stop Solitary

Choosing Death Over Life: (Still) Starving to Stop Solitary

By Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project & Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 10:33am

UPDATE: Although it appears that the hunger strike is over, the problems with solitary confinement remain. Not only are these conditions inhumane and harmful, but they also jeopardize public safety.

Another Irrelevant Victim?

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 2:13pm

After his sister's death in the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center, once-avowed white supremacist Mark Stroman shot and killed Waqar Hasan, who was Pakistani, and Vasudev Patel, an Indian immigrant, during a series of convenience store…

Lift Children Out of the Criminal Justice System – Don't Lock Them Away

By Ezekiel Edwards, Director, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project & Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:17pm

What kind of person looks into the face of a child and sees no hope? What kind of society locks up children as if they were adults — and sometimes even throws away the key? Unfortunately, ours does. As a case in point, Kansas City prosecutors…

Listen to Murder Victims' Families – Not in Our Name!

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 3:34pm

When I was a child, my cousin was brutally murdered. As far as our family knows, the police never found his killer.

A few years later, another cousin of mine was murdered in prison. His killers were in cahoots with his jailers, so none…

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