Question for Gov. Haslam: Do you think the death penalty system in TN needs to be overhauled?

Governor Haslam, Paulo Martinez has a question in response to your recent statement on Tennessee’s death penalty:

Do you think the death penalty system in Tennessee needs to be overhauled?

The American Bar Association does.  Their 2007 Death Penalty Assessment Report on Tennessee identified 10 key areas for reform:

  • Inadequate Procedures to Address Innocence Claims (including a failure to preserve DNA evidence in the post-conviction phase of capital trials)
  • Excessive Caseloads of Defense Counsel
  • Inadequate Access to Experts and Investigators
  • Inadequate Qualification and Performance Standards for Defense Counsel
  • Lack of Meaningful Proportionality Review (between cases in which a death sentence or a life sentence is imposed for similar crimes)
  • Lack of Transparency in the Clemency Process
  • Significant Capital Juror Confusion
  • Racial Disparities in Tennessee’s Capital Sentencing
  • Geographical Disparities in Tennessee’s Capital Sentencing
  • Death Sentences Imposed on People with Severe Mental Disability

The report makes 14 recommendations to address these issues.

How many of these recommendations have been implemented since 2007? 

How has your government worked to ensure fairness and transparency in capital cases?

We invite you to respond to these questions directly by clicking on “Leave a Comment,” or by sending an email to tnsocialjustice@gmail.com.

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2 thoughts on “Question for Gov. Haslam: Do you think the death penalty system in TN needs to be overhauled?

  1. My father is in the same boat with the other 599 people in TENNESSEE that has to serve the BARBARIC 51 YEAR SENTENCE ALSO his name is HAROLD TOLLEY AND HE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE AT THE AGE OF 105 HE WAS CONVICTED IN 1998 ,HIS INMATE # is 286099 .He has served 22 years in NORTHEAST CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. HE IS 71 YEARS OLD AND HAD NEVER BEEN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW AND HAS NEVER HAD A WRITEUP SINCE BEING INCARCERATED. WHEN IS THIS TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE GOING TO BE REPEALED!!???
    SINCERELY HAROLD RICE

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