Charlottesville–Right Now: New report critiques how the death penalty is used in Virginia

Kent Willis of the Virginia ACLU joins Coy Barefoot on the October 20th edition of WINA’s Charlottesville-Right Now to talk about a recent report from the group Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty report called Equal Justice and Fair Play. The report is the third major study of how the death penalty is administered in Virginia, and has been endorsed by the ACLU.

“What this report does is give a blueprint for legislators on how to fix it,” says Willis. The report compares Virginia’s system with that of Illinois, where a moratorium was placed on the death penalty in 2000 following the exoneration of 13 inmates on death row. In 2002, a commission issued 85 recommendation to fix Illinois’ system. The new VADP report says Virginia only satisfies 12 of these fixes.

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