StandDown Texas Project

The StandDown Texas Project identifies and advocates best practices in the criminal justice system. To stand down is to go off duty temporarily, especially to review safety procedures. That is what Texas needs to do with its death penalty.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Innocence and the death penalty

The Death Penalty Information Center has issued an important new report, 'Innocence and the Crisis in the American Death Penalty.' To date, 116 men and women who were sentenced to death have been exonerated and released. This fact has shifted the way people think about the death penalty, and the crisis in indigent representation in many states.

To view the report, go to: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/article.php?scid=45&did=1149

This report comes out at the same time as a new book about Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person who had been on death row to be exonerated through DNA testing. Author Tim Junkin has captured the drama in Bloodsworth's ordeal. Bloodsworth is published by Algonguin Books of Chapel Hill. The author and Kirk Bloodsworth are on an extensive book tour and will be in Texas in mid-November. To see if they will be in your area visit Algonquin at: http://www.algonquin.com/events/?event_var=author_events&author=Tim+Junkin

Seven men have been exonerated and freed from Texas death row since re-introduction of the death penalty. At this time at least two cases are receiving judicial review over the issue of actual innocence.

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