Author: Fair Punishment Project

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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Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Overzealous Prosecutors

Caddo Parish, LA After the exoneration of Glenn Ford, and the admission by former prosecutor Marty Stroud that he made mistakes in the case and was arrogant, Caddo Parish prosecutor DALE COX said: “I think we need to kill more people.” Cox is also known to have said inappropriate comments such as: “Jesus demands that his disciples kill a child abuser by placing a millstone around his neck and throwing him into the sea.” “I want to kill everyone in here. I want to cut their fucking throats. I’m just being honest, and if any of them want to...

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Racial Disparities Plague Nonviolent LWOP Sentences

The distribution of nonviolent life without parole (LWOP) sentences reveals that African-American offenders bear the brunt of this punishment practice. According to the ACLU’s groundbreaking “A Living Death” report, the distribution of nonviolent LWOP is: 65.8% of prisoners serving the sentence are African-American 17.8% of prisoners serving the sentence are white 15.7% of prisoners serving the sentence are Latino This graphic from that report shows how drastically the proportion of African-American prisoners serving LWOP for nonviolent crimes exceeds the proportion of African Americans in the population of each jurisdiction below. The ACLU notes that the sentencing disparities cannot be...

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