Following the April 2014 release of the Ohio Joint Task Force review of the state’s death penalty system, ABA President James R. Silkenat issued a statement supporting the Task Force’s work and findings, which utilized the ABA Death Penalty Due Process Review Project’s 2007 Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Report. The Ohio assessment is one of 12 that the Project has completed since its inception in 2001 and it made detailed findings in 13 different areas related to the administration of the death penalty in Ohio. Please find the Project’s comprehensive state assessment reports here.
The May 2014 issue of St. Louis Magazine included a story called “How We Kill: The State of the Death Penalty,” that discussed Missouri’s historical and current death penalty policies and practices. The article cites to the Project’s 2012 report on Missouri’s capital punishment system, noting that the expert panel made recommendations in “several areas in which Missouri’s criminal procedures were deficient, leaving the state open to the possibility of executing an innocent person.”
On May 8, 2014, the San Antonio Express-News’s Editorial Board called for a moratorium on executions in Texas. In making that recommendation, the Board cites at length the findings of the Project’s 2013 report, which made detailed recommendations to improve the accuracy and fairness of Texas’s capital punishment system. The article can be found here.