Florida

May 17, 2012:  Former State Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero, and ABA Florida Assessment Team member Mark Schlakman, call for Florida to enact reforms described in 2006 ABA Assessment on the Florida Death Penalty.


Resources on the Administration of the Death Penalty in Florida


  • Richard L. Rosenbaum, Child's Play No Longer: Children Charged and Tried as Adults in Florida-Ending up in Prison For Life Without Parole, 28 Nova L. Rev. 485 (2004).
  • L. Elizabeth Chamblee, Time for a Legislative Change: Florida's Stagnant Standard Governing Competency for Execution, 31 Fl. St. Univ. L. Rev. 335 (2004).
  • Catherine Arcabascio, Freeing the Innocent: Obtaining Post-Conviction DNA Testing in Florida, 28 Nova L. Rev. 61 (2003).
  • Benjamin F. Diamond, The Sixth Amendment: Where did the Jury Go Wrong? Florida's Flawed Sentencing in Death Penalty Cases, 55 Fla. L. Rev. 905 (2003).
  • Ken Driggs, Regulating the Five Steps to Death: A Study of Death Penalty Direct Appeals in the Florida Supreme Court, 1991-2000, 14 St. Thomas L. Rev. 759 (2002).
  • Case Histories: A Review of 24 Individuals Released from Death Row, Florida Commission on Capital Cases, Sept. 10, 2002.
  • Michael L. Radelet, Recent Developments in the Death Penalty in Florida, Feb. 2002.
  • Sentencing Alternatives for Juveniles Indicted for Murder, Interim Project Report 2002-129, Florida Senate (2001).
  • Donna Buchholz, Modern Day Chateau D'If In Florida? Collecting Dust on the Shelves of Justice: Potentially Exculpatory DNA Evidence Waits For A Turn in the Florida Sunshine, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 391 (2000).
  • James E. Harrison, The Juvenile Death Penalty in Florida: Should Sixteen-Year-old Offenders be Subject to Capital Punishment, 1 Barry L. Rev. 159 (2000).
  • Lonn Lanza-Kaduce, Charles E. Frazier, and Donna M. Bishop, Juvenile Transfers in Florida: The Worst of the Worst?, 10 Univ. Fl. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 277 (1999).
  • Henry George White, Charles E. Frazier, and Lonn Lanza-Kaduce, A Socio-Legal History of Florida's Juvenile Transfer Reforms, 10 Univ. Fl. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 249 (1999).
  • Ken Driggs, The Most Aggravated and Least Mitigated Murders: Capital Proportionality Review in Florida, 11 St. Thomas L. Rev. 207 (1999).
  • Report to the Commission on the Administration of Justice in Capital Cases, Florida State University, prepared by Isabelle Potts and Gretchen Hirt, Jan. 1999.
  • Overview of Judicial Process from Arrest through Post-Conviction, Law Office of the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel Middle Region, Nov. 9, 1998.
  • Michael Mello, Outlaw Executive 'Crazy Joe', The Hypnotized Witness, and the Mirage of Clemency in Florida, 23 J. Contemp. L. 1 (1997).
  • Gary Caldwell, Florida Capital Cases: July 1, 1994-June 30, 1995, 20 Nova L. Rev. 1255 (1996).
  • Juvenile Justice Transfer Legislation in Florida: Assessing the Impact on the Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems, Florida Corrections Commission (1993-94).
  • Analysis of Florida Felony Offenders Serving Sentences in County Jails, Corrections Commission (1994).
  • Gary Caldwell, Capital Crimes: 1993 Survey of Florida Law, 18 Nova L. Rev. 117 (1993).
  • Gary Caldwell, Capital Crime Decisions: 1992 Survey of Florida Law, 17 Nova L. Rev. 31 (1992).
  • Michael L. Radelet and Glenn L. Pierce, Choosing Those Who Will Die: Race and the Death Penalty in Florida, 43 Fl. L. Rev. 1 (1991).
  • William S. Geimer and Jonathan Amsterdam, Why Jurors Vote Life or Death: Operative Factors in Ten Florida Death Penalty Cases, 15 Am. J. Crim. L. 1 (1987/1988).
  • David W. Doyle, Life or Death in Florida: What Mitigating Evidence will the Judge Consider in Capital Cases?, 4 Cooley L. Rev. 693 (1987).
  • Linda A. Foley, Florida After the Furman Decision: The Effect of Extralegal Factors on the Processing of Capital Offense Cases, 5 Behav. Sci. & L. 457 (1987).
  • Michael L. Radelet, Rejecting the Jury: The Imposition of the Death Penalty in Florida, 18 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1409 (1985).
  • Michael Radelet and Margaret Vandiver, The Florida Supreme Court and Death Penalty Appeals, 74 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 913 (1983).
  • Hans Zeisel, Race Bias in the Administration of the Death Penalty: The Florida Experience, 95 Harv. L. Rev. 456 (1981).
  • Discrimination and Arbitrariness in Capital Punishment: An Analysis of Post-Furman Murder Cases in Dade County, Florida, 1973-1976, 33 Stan. L. Rev. 75 (1980).
  • Peter W. Lewis, Henry W. Mannle, Harry E. Allen, and Harold J. Vetter, A Post-Furman Profile of Florida's Condemned-A Question of Discrimination in Terms of the Race of the Victim and a Comment on Spenkelink v. Wainwright, IX Stetson L. Rev. 1 (1979).

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