90 percent of all executions in 2017 may have involved people who were innocent or had disabilities

 IN THIS NOV. 2005 FILE PHOTO, LARRY GREENE, PUBLIC INFORMATION DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTHERN OHIO CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, DEMONSTRATES HOW A CURTAIN IS PULLED BETWEEN THE DEATH CHAMBER AND WITNESS ROOM AT THE PRISON IN LUCASVILLE, OHIO. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/KIICHIRO SATO, FILE

IN THIS NOV. 2005 FILE PHOTO, LARRY GREENE, PUBLIC INFORMATION DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTHERN OHIO CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, DEMONSTRATES HOW A CURTAIN IS PULLED BETWEEN THE DEATH CHAMBER AND WITNESS ROOM AT THE PRISON IN LUCASVILLE, OHIO. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/KIICHIRO SATO, FILE

From an article in Think Progress by Addy Baird:  

"New research shows significant evidence of mental illness, brain damage, intellectual disability, severe trauma, or possible innocence in nearly 90 percent of capital punishment executions carried out in 2017, according to a report compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center.

The report found a continued overall decline in the use of the death penalty and approval of the death penalty in 2017 — however, the DPIC noted red flags in 20 of the 23 cases that did result in the death penalty. According to the DPIC’s year-end report, six people executed had significant evidence of mental illness, 10 had significant evidence of brain injury or brain damage, and 18 had evidence of serious childhood trauma, neglect or abuse. Several had evidence of multiple impairments."  Continue reading