The Sentencing Structure And Texas Capital Punishment Assessment Team Report

1328 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
The sentencing structure in Texas is in need of reform within several different areas of the state’s death penalty system. The American Bar Association with their Texas Capital Punishment Assessment Team reports recommendations in regards to the areas that need to be assesse: [(Law Enforcement Identification Procedures, Law Enforcement Interrogation Procedures, Preservation of Biological Evidence, Access to testing Biological Evidence, Crime Laboratories and Medical Examiner Offices, Forensic Science Commission, Texas Capital Sentencing Structure, Jury Instructions, Treatment of Persons with Mental Retardation, Treatment of the Severely Mentally Ill, Proportionality Review, State Habeas Corpus Proceedings, Clemency, External Review of Wrongful Convictions and Erroneous Death Sentences, Defense Services, Disclosure of Evidence, Investigation and Sanction of Conduct, Training of all Actors in the System)]. With this being said in 2013, Texas adopted the Michael Morton Act which will reduce wrongful convictions whereas the act requires the prosecutors to disclose police reports and witness statements and to keep records or the evidence disclosed (American Bar Association, 2013). Two significant developments have come about with the establishment of two offices that are aimed at improving the fairness of capital proceedings through providing representation throughout the state of Texas. First, was the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases (RPDO) established in 2007,…
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