America’s criminal justice system is fallible, and this potential for error extends to the most serious of punishments that the system imposes—the death penalty. Too often, procedural safeguards and fundamental fairness in the administration of the death penalty are lacking. Additionally, our system can, and sometimes does, convict and even execute innocent individuals.
The members of our Death Penalty Committee — including both those who support and those who oppose the death penalty—work to ensure that the inaccuracies and injustices that plague our capital punishment system are addressed, to better avoid future wrongful convictions and unjust executions. Policymakers across the country considering reforms to their death penalty systems rely on the recommendations in our groundbreaking report, Irreversible Error: Recommended Reforms for Preventing and Correcting Errors in the Administration of Capital Punishment.