Background of the State Information Pages
The available pages provide a brief overview of capital clemency processes in various death penalty jurisdictions, as well as a link to memoranda with more comprehensive statewide information. The information on these pages is not intended to serve as the basis for a capital clemency petition or campaign, but rather, as a starting point for thinking about the political and cultural climate in a given death-penalty jurisdiction. We are in the process of adding more states on a rolling basis; if the state page you are looking for is not currently available, please check back soon or email us.
We have made every effort to ensure that the information available on these pages is accurate, current, and well-sourced. Unfortunately, the CCRI is currently working on many discrete projects with a limited staff and is therefore not able to update these documents as frequently as changes occur within the various states. If, however, you find an error or misrepresentation on the individual state pages or in the text of the state memoranda, please contact us and we will do our best to correct it as quickly as possible.
Please note that the only states represented here are those where the death penalty is still in place as a possible punishment. Thus, the processes described within the individual state memoranda relate solely to the process for capital clemency review, which may differ significantly from the clemency practice in non-capital cases. We do not collaborate with any state governments to provide the information here. Always check with your local clemency decision maker to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information concerning clemency review in your jurisdiction.
These memoranda, produced in house, were compiled with the help of CCRI staff, interns, and volunteers, pro bono law firm associates, and others. We are deeply appreciative to everyone who has assisted us in this process of putting these resources together, as well as those practitioners who have spent valuable hours reviewing and providing us feedback on these materials.