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Lawmakers should ensure that Texas’ public safety and criminal justice systems protect innocent people, deal humanely with those who are convicted of crimes, and protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Texans.
Texas’ accounts for more than 50 percent of executions in the United States. Capital convictions are slowing dramatically in Texas, largely as a result of the establishment of a life-without-parole sentencing option in 2005, but concerns remain around the issues of wrongful conviction and the execution of individuals with diminished mental capacity.
In both capital and non-capital cases, Texas lags the nation in investment in adequate defense for those who are accused of crimes and unable to afford legal representation.
Texas also should address the risks associated with increased reliance on intelligence-sharing among law enforcement agencies and “pre-emptive law enforcement” created by post-September 11 homeland security policies.