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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.
CT Ends Death Penalty! One Big Step for a Small State; One Giant Step for our Society

CT Ends Death Penalty! One Big Step for a Small State; One Giant Step for our Society

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 2:36pm
Connecticut has finally wiped its hands of that messy and sorrowful task of killing its own citizens. Today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation to repeal the death penalty that was passed by the state legislature earlier this month.

Virginia is for Lovers...of Solitary Confinement?

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 1:53pm

Over the weekend, the Washington Post ran a front page article describing the realities of solitary confinement for inmates in Virginia. The horrors of 23-hour-a-day lockdown, sensory deprivation and isolation were lauded by Department of Corrections…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Bradley Manning's Treatment Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:51pm

Recent news reports suggest that Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking government files to Wikileaks, is being held by our government — alone, often naked, in a small isolation cell for months at a time as he awaits legal proceedings to…

The Smackdown Continues! ¡Y La Lucha Tambièn!

The Smackdown Continues! ¡Y La Lucha Tambièn!

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:09pm

In taking control of Puerto Rico, in 1898, the United States introduced its brand of capital punishment; in 1927, Puerto Rico undertook its last execution; in 1929 it abolished the death penalty. The people wrote "the death penalty shall not exist"…

Thanksgiving on Oregon's Death Row

Thanksgiving on Oregon's Death Row

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 1:47pm

Join the ACLU in thanking Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber for issuing a moratorium on all executions in the state.

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…

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