Author: Fair Punishment Project

Report Finds Juvenile LWOP Sentences Concentrated in a Few Counties, Disproportionately Impact Youth of Color

In September 2015, the Phillips Black Project, a non-profit public interest law practice dedicated to providing legal representation to individuals facing severe sentences, released a report titled: No Hope: Re-Examining Lifetime Sentences for Juvenile Offenders. The report examines the origins of life without parole sentences for juveniles (JLWOP), and reveals that there is a clear trend in America away from this practice. Included in the research is a database of every juvenile currently serving a sentence of JLWOP, along with an examination of each state’s JLWOP policy. The report establishes two key findings: 1. JLWOP sentences are largely imposed...

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Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Racial Exclusion

Caddo Parish, LA Until last year, the Confederate flag flew outside Caddo’s courthouse. The Confederate monument remains. Caddo has a history of excluding African-Americans from jury service. A recent study found that prosecutors struck African-Americans from jury service at three times the rate on non-African-Americans. This pattern of racial exclusion may not be surprising given that Caddo had the second highest number of lynchings of African-Americans in the U.S. Clark County, NV Prosecutors in Clark County have been scolded by the the State Supreme Court multiple times about excluding jurors from capital cases on the basis of race. “I...

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Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Wrongful Convictions of the Innocent

Four out of seven death row exonerations in the U.S. in 2015 came from outlier death penalty counties. Glenn Ford, pictured above, was exonerated in 2014 from Caddo Parish, LA. Jefferson County, AL Anthony Ray Hinton: Exonerated 2015 Montez Spradley: Exonerated 2015 Maricopa County, AZ Debra Milke: Exonerated 2015 Harris County, TX Alfred Dewayne Brown: Exonerated...

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Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Ineffective Lawyers

A competent defense lawyer is a crucial component of our legal system. Outlier death penalty counties are rife with poorly performing lawyers who rarely give the jury a reason to save the defendant’s life. Nearly one in four death row inmates has been represented at trial, or on appeal, by court-appointed attorneys who have been disciplined for professional misconduct at some point in their careers. Caddo Parish, LA Daryl Gold represented 1 in 5 people sent to death row in the entire state between 2005 and 2014. He has had his law license suspended three times. Duval County, FL...

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People with Crippling Impairments Sentenced to Die In Outlier Death Penalty Counties

In 2015, America had the lowest number of executions in 25 years. Of the 28 people executed, 68% were mentally impaired or disabled, or experienced extreme childhood trauma and abuse. An examination of the 2015 cases that resulted in execution reveal a disturbing pattern: It’s frequently not just one impairment, such as a low IQ score, that defines these cases, but rather multiple forms of disability and impairment. Below are examples of recent cases from the outlier death penalty counties.   Caddo Parish, LA Corey Williams 16: Age at the time of the crime 67: IQ Score Lamondre Tucker...

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