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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.

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…

The End of the Line for Troy Davis?

The End of the Line for Troy Davis?

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 6:11pm

Troy Davis is probably innocent.

Probably innocent — is that the standard we now use to justify executing people?

Last week, the United States Supreme Court ended any real chance Davis had that the courts would stop his execution.…

Wither the Death Penalty! First in 2011 — Illinois. Is Maryland Next?

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 6:19pm

One more down, fewer to go! By taking the historic step of signing into law last week a repeal of the death penalty in Illinois, Gov. Patrick Quinn lent further momentum to efforts in other states across the country to abolish state-sanctioned…

Kill, Kill, and Kill Again: Rushing to Execution Heightens Risks of Fatal Error in Florida

Kill, Kill, and Kill Again: Rushing to Execution Heightens Risks of Fatal Error in Florida

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 12:20pm

Florida will start this long, hot summer with a bang. The state has announced that in the coming months it intends to strap three separate men...

Shaking Off the Shackles of State-Sponsored Killing

Shaking Off the Shackles of State-Sponsored Killing

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 11:38am

Hooray for Maryland! Expressing concerns about the risk of deadly error, the exorbitant and ever-increasing cost, racial bias and the unending torment of murder victims' family members, today Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley, signed into law repeal…

(Zealous, Properly-Resourced Defense) Lawyers for All!

(Zealous, Properly-Resourced Defense) Lawyers for All!

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 11:53am

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom." Clarence Darrow, 1920

Yesterday, we honored the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Gideon v Wainwright,…

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…

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