Irreversible Error: Recommended Reforms for Preventing and Correcting Errors in the Administration of Capital Punishment

  • May 7, 2014
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

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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.


Presentation of a Comprehensive Report and Panel Discussion


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 McCracken, 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)


Wednesday, May 7, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT


Offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
1333 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1564

If you plan to attend, please let us know so we may reserve you a seat.

A light lunch will be available.

  • Offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
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