San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Constitution Project's Death Penalty Committee -- a bipartisan, blue-ribbon panel of criminal justice system experts -- is releasing a groundbreaking new report on the administration of capital punishment in America. The report offers 39 specific policy recommendations addressing recent controversies in carrying out the death penalty, such as the secret procurement of drugs for use in lethal injection, as well as new ideas in a number of persistent areas of concern, including execution of innocent people, ensuring the right to effective counsel in capital cases, misuse of forensic evidence and the disproportionate application of capital punishment. Members of the panel will highlight the most salient recommendations from the report and answer audience questions.
For more than a decade, TCP's Death Penalty Committee has provided a unique voice on death penalty policy. Co-chaired by former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court Gerald Kogan, former Texas Governor Mark White and Beth Wilkinson, who prosecuted the Oklahoma City bombers, the committee's members include both supporters and opponents of capital punishment. Both conservatives and liberals, they reflect the full range of criminal justice stakeholders, including those with experience as judges, prosecutors, defenders, law enforcement officers, policymakers, victim advocates and scholars. They are devoted to efforts to transcend the political and philosophical divisions that have long plagued this country's debate over the death penalty, and to achieve consensus on meaningful measures to improve fairness in administering capital punishment and to reduce wrongful convictions and executions.
The panel discussion will feature:
Mark White, former Governor of Texas, co-chair of Death Penalty Committee
Mark Earley, former Attorney General of Virginia
Anthony Graves, exonerated death row inmate and justice advocate
Megan McCraken, Eight Amendment Resource Counsel with the U.C. Berkeley School of Law's Death Penalty Clinic, expert in lethal injection practices
Nicole Sprinzen, Akin Gump (moderator)
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A light lunch will be available.
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The Constitution Project
Created out of the belief that we must cast aside the labels that divide us in order to keep our democracy strong, The Constitution Project (TCP) brings together policy experts and legal practitioners from across the political spectrum to foster consensus-based solutions to the most difficult constitutional challenges of our time. TCP seeks to reform the nation's broken criminal justice system and to strengthen the rule of law through scholarship, advocacy, policy reform and public education initiatives. Established in 1997, TCP is based in Washington, D.C.