While thirty-two states and the federal government currently have the death penalty within their legal framework, issues surrounding the administration and fairness of the death penalty are perennially hot topics in U.S. politics and among members of the bench and bar. Several states have engaged in a moratorium on executions while they study possible inequities within the system, while others have developed innocence projects to examine the innocence of death-row inmates through DNA testing.
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Get the latest information about the statistics and demographics relating to Capital Punishment in the 33 US states which carry the penalty.
An interesting look at the death penalty in America and its distribution locally. Looking at how in the most active death-sentencing states most counties do not use the death penalty with any regularity suggests that the best way to measure death-sentencing activity is not at the state level. Instead, identifying the counties that sentence the most people to death is a better gauge of death sentencing activity for a variety of reasons.
A look at both Crawford v. Washington and Blakely v. Washington and why they must be understood as part of a broader trend concerning the Rehnquist Court. In its last few years, the Rehnquist Court ruled in a way one would predict a more moderate Court would act. This was especially evident in a series of rulings concerning the death penalty, where the Rehnquist Court overturned death sentences on a number of different grounds.
Yields annual national and state-level yearend counts of persons sentenced to death and executed. Data collected include offender demographic characteristics, prior criminal histories, criminal justice system status at the time of the capital offense, date of death sentence, and date and type of sentence disposition. The collection also includes summary information on the status of and changes to death penalty statutes.
This essay explores the adequacy of one of the safeguards adopted by many states to ensure that the death penalty is applied fairly following the de facto moratorium imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972.
This article examines the behavior of prosecutors and juries with respect to the decision to impose the death penalty.
This article explores common problems encountered when lawyers attempt to meet the mandate of Guideline 10.7(B)(2) from the perspective of court administrators, court reporters, and capital-defense attorneys.
State-by-state listing of the rules, regulations, recommendations and other schemata regarding standards of representation in capital cases.
This article discusses how private bars, especially the ABA, attempt to ensure proper representation for those who may be executed.
This article investigates reactions of prosecutors and defense attorneys to reversals in individual capital cases.
This article presents the findings of an investigation of the time expended by fourteen state supreme courts to resolve direct appeals of capital convictions and sentences.
This article discusses the current and future death penalty jurisprudence of the Supreme Court and looks at cases that collectively illustrate the Courts' struggle to create consistent standards of capital punishment.
This article addresses two research reports about capital cases and habeas corpus. These studies offer a contemporary snapshot of postconviction review and illustrate the influence of state collateral processes on capital habeas litigation in the federal courts.
This article addresses the criticism that plea bargaining is a form of coercion, as prosecutors persuade defendants to forfeit their trial rights for fear of receiving harsher punishment if they do not plead guilty.
This study provides empirical information about the processing of state prisoner petitions seeking habeas corpus relief in the U.S. District Courts under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.
This article addresses the expensiveness of death penalty cases both time-wise and monetarily for judicial systems to administer.