TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Mar 28, 2018
The American Bar Association’s Capital Clemency Resource Initiative (CCRI) launched a website this week designed to improve the public’s understanding of clemency in death penalty cases and provide resources for lawyers and other stakeholders. The ABA found that, despite clemency’s historic role as the criminal justice system’s “fail safe” to prevent unjust sentences from being carried out, access to accurate information on clemency in death penalty cases has long been inadequate. Three ABA entities joined together in 2015 to form the CCRI. "While our Association does not take a position on the death penalty generally, we do believe that every stage of a capital case — from arrest to execution — should be carried out with the utmost care," said ABA President Hilarie Bass.