Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project
Releases Indiana Report
The Indiana Death Penalty Assessment Report, the fifth in a series of eight state reports, was released by the Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project on Feb. 20, 2007. The report analyzed the extent to which the Indiana death penalty system comports with minimum standards of fairness and due process. Research was conducted by a state-based team of current or former judges, legislators, prosecutors, defense lawyers, bar association leaders, and law school professors.
The Indiana Team identified specific problems in the Indiana system including inadequate qualification standards for defense counsel, the lack of an independent appointing authority for defense counsel, an inadequate proportionality review to ensure that the death penalty is being applied fairly across the state, inadequate pattern jury instructions, racial disparities in capital sentencing, and the sentencing to death of people with severe mental disabilities. Because of these and other problems, the team concluded that the state should impose a temporary moratorium on executions until Indiana can ensure fairness and accuracy in every capital case.
The Indiana Report received significant statewide media attention upon its release. For a copy of the report, visit http://www.abanet.org/moratorium/home.html