Oklahoma Bipartisan Commission Recommends Continuing Moratorium

For nearly a year and half, the Oklahoma Death Penalty Commission studied all aspects of the Oklahoma’s death penalty system, from arrest to execution, and today announced it was recommending continuing the moratorium that is in place. The bipartisan Commission, comprising five women and six men, represents rural and urban communities as well as prosecutors, defense attorneys and victims’ advocates.

Many of the findings of the Commission investigation were disturbing and led members to question whether the death penalty can be administered in a way that ensures no innocent person is put to death. To help ensure a fair and impartial process, the committee is recommending changes including forensics, innocence protection and the execution process, the roles of the prosecution, defense counsel,  jury, and judiciary.