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Mar 15, 2023

From The Marshall Project: The Mercy Workers” —The Unique Role of Mitigation Specialists in Death Penalty Cases

During the sen­tenc­ing phase of cap­i­tal cas­es, sym­pa­thet­ic evi­dence about the life of the defen­dant is typ­i­cal­ly pre­sent­ed to jurors, who then must decide whether such mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors mer­it spar­ing his or her life. Mitigation spe­cial­ists play a cru­cial role in col­lect­ing such evi­dence. They doc­u­ment the trau­mas, pol­i­cy fail­ures, fam­i­ly dynam­ics and indi­vid­ual choic­es that shape the lives of peo­ple who kill.” According to an arti­cle from The Marshall Project, there are few­er than 1,000 mit­i­ga­tions spe­cial­ists nation­wide, yet they’ve helped dri­ve down death sen­tences from more than 300