Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Report and Cost Study by Collins, Hickman, Boruchowitz



In 2016, I worked at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. as a staff researcher and writer on an independent commission studying Oklahoma's death penalty. The commission was co-chaired by former Oklahoma governor Brad Henry. The commission offered 42 recommendations, but the overall recommendation was:

"In light of the extensive information gathered from this year-long, in-depth study, the Commission members unanimously recommend that the current moratorium on the death penalty be extended."

I also provided research support to scholars Peter A. Collins, Matthew J. Hickman, and Robert C. Boruchowitz on the first cost study conducted on that state's capital punishment system. The report was published on April 25, 2017.

I spent most of 2016 traveling 20,000 miles back and forth to Oklahoma. I spent hundreds of hours researching and talking with stakeholders involved in Oklahoma's death penalty system. I am incredibly proud of the work the commission accomplished.

Here is the press conference:





Alexa O'Brien Alexa O'Brien researches and writes about national security and law enforcement. Her work has been published in The New York Times, VICE News, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian (UK), The Daily Beast, NY Daily News, and featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the United Kingdom and listed in The Verge 50. In 2016, she worked at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. as a staff researcher and writer on an independent commission studying Oklahoma's death penalty. She also provided research support to scholars of the first cost study conducted on that state's capital punishment system.
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