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Apr 26, 2017

Bipartisan Oklahoma Report Recommends Moratorium on Executions Pending Significant Reforms’

After spend­ing more than a year study­ing Oklahomas cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment prac­tices, the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission has unan­i­mous­ly rec­om­mend­ed that the state extend its cur­rent mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions until sig­nif­i­cant reforms are accom­plished.” The bipar­ti­san com­mis­sion issued its report on April 25, 2017, reach­ing what it char­ac­ter­ized as dis­turb­ing” find­ings that led Commission mem­bers to ques­tion whether the death penal­ty can be admin­is­tered in a way that ensures no inno­cent per­son is put to death.” The report con­tains rec­om­men­da­tions for more than 40 reforms to vir­tu­al­ly all areas of…

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Mar 14, 2017

STUDIES: Rarity of Executions Makes California Jurors Less Likely to Impose Death Sentences

A study pub­lished in The Yale Law Journal pro­vides new evi­dence that, as pub­lic opin­ion con­tin­ues to shift away from the death penal­ty, juries empan­eled in cap­i­tal cas­es may become even less rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­mu­ni­ty and even more prone to con­vict. The studycon­duct­ed by Professors Brandon Garrett (University of Virginia), Daniel Krauss (Claremont-McKenna College), and Nicholas Scurich (University of California Irvine) — found that with increased pub­lic oppo­si­tion to the death penal­ty, more prospec­tive jurors may be exclud­ed from serv­ing on cap­i­tal juries because of their views against the death penalty.…

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Mar 08, 2017

Reports Find Record Number of Exonerations in 2016, Blacks More Likely to be Wrongfully Convicted

Companion reports released on March 7 by the National Registry of Exonerations found record num­bers of exon­er­a­tions and wrong­ful con­vic­tions involv­ing offi­cial mis­con­duct in 2016, and strik­ing evi­dence of racial bias both in the wrong­ful con­vic­tions them­selves and in the time it took the judi­cial process to exon­er­ate the wrong­ful­ly incar­cer­at­ed. The Registry’s report, Exonerations in 2016, found a record 166 exon­er­a­tions in 2016, with 54 defen­dants exon­er­at­ed of homicide.

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Jan 27, 2017

STUDIES: At Least 201 Florida Death Row Prisoners May Be Eligible for Resentencing, 134 Had Non-Unanimous Juries

A new study reports that at least 201 Florida death row pris­on­ers — includ­ing at least 134 whom judges sen­tenced to death after juries had returned non-unan­i­mous sen­tenc­ing rec­om­men­da­tions — may be eli­gi­ble for resen­tenc­ing hear­ings as a result of recent rul­ings by the United States and Florida Supreme Courts declar­ing the state’s death sen­tenc­ing prac­tices unconstitutional.

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Dec 23, 2016

REPORT: Two-Thirds of Oregon’s Death Row Have Mental Impairments, History of Severe Trauma, or Were Under 21 at Offense

Most of the pris­on­ers on Oregons death row suf­fer from sig­nif­i­cant men­tal impair­ments, accord­ing a study released on December 20, 2016 by the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard University. The Project’s analy­sis of case records, media reports, and opin­ions of Oregon legal experts found that two-thirds of the 35 peo­ple on the state’s death row pos­sess signs of seri­ous men­tal ill­ness or intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment, endured dev­as­tat­ing­ly severe child­hood trau­ma, or were not old enough to legal­ly pur­chase alco­hol at the time the offense occurred.” The report argues that these characteristics…

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Nov 16, 2016

New Study Finds Oregon Death Sentences Are Significantly More Costly Than Life Sentences

A new study by Lewis & Clark Law School and Seattle University that exam­ined the costs of hun­dreds of aggra­vat­ed mur­der and mur­der cas­es in Oregon has con­clud­ed that main­tain­ing the death penal­ty incurs a sig­nif­i­cant finan­cial bur­den on Oregon tax­pay­ers.” The researchers found that the aver­age tri­al and incar­cer­a­tion costs of an Oregon mur­der case that results in a death penal­ty are almost dou­ble those in a mur­der case that results in a sen­tence of life impris­on­ment or a term of years. Excluding state prison costs, the study found,…

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Oct 24, 2016

STUDIES: Death Penalty Adversely Affects Families of Victims and Defendants

The death penal­ty adverse­ly affects both fam­i­lies of mur­der vic­tims and fam­i­lies of the accused, accord­ing to two recent jour­nal arti­cles. In his Psychology Today blog, Talking About Trauma, psy­chol­o­gist Dr. Robert T. Muller (pic­tured) reports that psy­cho­log­i­cal stud­ies have have found that the death penal­ty pro­duces neg­a­tive effects on fam­i­lies and friends of mur­der vic­tims (referred to as co-vic­tims”).

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Oct 04, 2016

Summer 2016 Death Row USA” Shows Ongoing Decline in Death Row Populations

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund reports that America’s death rows have con­tin­ued to decline in size, with 2,905 men and women on death row across the United States as of July 1, 2016. The new fig­ures, report­ed in the orga­ni­za­tion’s Summer 2016 edi­tion of its quar­ter­ly pub­li­ca­tion, Death Row USA, rep­re­sent a 14% decline from the 3,366 pris­on­ers who were on death row one decade ear­li­er. The shrink­ing of death row pop­u­la­tions across the coun­try has exceed­ed the num­ber of exe­cu­tions dur­ing that peri­od, mean­ing that more pris­on­ers have been…

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