Case-level costs for death penalty proceedings run about $700,000 more on average than instances in which prosecutors don't seek capital punishment, according to the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission's report.
“What we all agreed on was that if you’re going to have the death penalty, it ought to be done right,” said former Gov. Brad Henry, who helped lead the review. “It ought to be done in a way that, as best we can, ensures no innocent person is ever put to death by the state of Oklahoma.”
Recently, there has been talk about the death penalty with it becoming more favorable to a sentence of life-without-parole. Some would argue that even though criminals are not actually getting executed, it is in a sense the death penalty without an execution date.
Jared Jones, 37, had been convicted in Oklahoma County and sentenced to death after a 2003 shooting rampage that left three people dead and two injured in Oklahoma City.
One of the co-chairs said the group will look at every aspect of the death penalty in the state, from the arrest to execution, review the fairness of the system and "provide some guidance to whether Oklahoma’s process is being handled in a constitutionally proper way."
The single drug would replace the series of three drugs that were last used when Clarence Ray Allen was executed in 2006, strapped to a gurney in the old gas chamber of San Quentin State Prison.
"There is so much information that has come forward that was never presented at any of Richard's trials. ... We're just asking for (a 60-day stay) to show this information so you're not responsible for doing a horrible thing," the actress said 16 days ahead of the scheduled execution.
Thanks to a U.S. Supreme court ruling this week, Oklahoma death penalty supporters can now be confident that executions here are following a constitutional protocol.
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