An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.  - Gandhi

ABA Death Penalty Assessment Project Reviews Death Penalty Process in 12 States

Since 2003, the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Assessment Project has studied and reported on the death penalty in 11 states. From 2003 to 2007, the Death Penalty Assessment Project undertook its first series of assessments on the administration of capital punishment in eight U.S. states. The assessments give jurisdictions an objective instrument to evaluate the administration of the death penalty, based upon uniform benchmarks in varied aspects of capital punishment processes.

The reports demonstrate why jurisdictions should undertake comprehensive studies of their death penalty systems and the range of topics that must be considered in any thorough assessment.

Several State Assessment Reports have also recommended that the state undertake a moratorium on executions until the state appropriately addresses the recommendations contained within the Report. In each assessed capital jurisdiction, the actual practices of the capital jurisdiction is compared to a series of recommendations on the administration of the death penalty, based on the original ABA Protocols on the Administration of Capital Punishment (2001) and the revised version (2010).

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