Tuesday, July 01, 2008


California Commission Calls Death Penalty "Dysfunctional"

Yesterday the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice created by the California State Senate released its landmark report on the death penalty. Their findings reveal that California's death penalty system is excessively costly and riddled with problems leading to lack of fairness and wrongful convictions.

Currently in Tennessee, the Committee to Study the Administration of the Death Penalty, created by the Tennessee legislature in 2007, is also looking at many issues with Tennessee's death penalty including problems with accuracy, fairness, how those with mental illness and mental retardation are treated within the system, as well as the services provided for both victims' families and families of those who are executed. Thus far the Committee has uncovered many flaws in the Tennessee system similar to those found by the California Commission.

For more information about the California Commission's work click here.
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