systemic flaws in the administration of the death penalty in America, from arrest to execution, and
provides proposals on how to address them.
Former Texas Governor Mark White, a co-chair of the committee has said:
"From the moment of arrest to the moment of death, the criminal justice system faces vexing
challenges in carrying out the ultimate punishment," he said.
"Without substantial revisions -- not only to lethal injection, but across the board -- the
administration of capital punishment in America is unjust, disproportionate and very likelyunconstitutional," said committee member Mark Earley, who served as a Republican Attorney
General of Virginia. During his tenure, the state carried out 36 executions.
White noted that the issuance of the new report could not be more timely. Just last week, President
Obama declared that America continues to have "significant problems" in the application of the
death penalty - from uneven application, to racial bias, to the actual innocence of some who have
been sentenced to death. He asked Attorney General Holder to look at how the death penalty is
administered in this country, and report back to him.
"Our comprehensive report represents a bipartisan consensus of essential reforms agreed to by
both death penalty supporters and death penalty opponents, and provides a detailed roadmap for
the Department of Justice of follow," White said.
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