Report Urges Reform of Texas' Death Penalty System - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Report Urges Reform of Texas' Death Penalty System

Posted: Updated:

(KCEN) -- A man who spent 18 years on death row in Texas before being exonerated is calling for lawmakers to pursue reforms in the nation's most active death penalty state.

The new report from the American Bar Association urges the state to strengthen standards for eyewitness identification and require video recordings of suspect interrogations.

The 500-page report also recommends reducing barriers to post-conviction DNA testing.

Texas executed its 500th inmate this summer.

It has accounted for nearly 40% of the more than 1,300 executions carried out since 1977.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Two Killed, Two Seriously Injured in Accident East of Marlin

    Two Killed, Two Seriously Injured in Accident East of Marlin

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:39:45 GMT
    (KCEN) -- All four people involved in a fatal crash this morning are from the DFW area, and all are between 18 and 21 years old. A 21-year-old female passenger and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed when the 2003 Dodge truck they were in hit a tree.More >>
    (KCEN) -- All four people involved in a fatal crash this morning are from the DFW area, and all are between 18 and 21 years old. A 21-year-old female passenger and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed when the 2003 Dodge truck they were in hit a tree.More >>
  • Free School Supplies: McLennan Co. Salvation Army Has Plenty to Give Away

    Free School Supplies: McLennan Co. Salvation Army Has Plenty to Give Away

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:11:20 GMT
    (KCEN) -- It's time to start thinking about the new school year, and the McLennan County Salvation Army has lots of school supplies to give away. The group has been collecting backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils, tissues, hand sanitizer, and everything in between.Now they're looking to register families to come get the free supplies.More >>
    (KCEN) -- It's time to start thinking about the new school year, and the McLennan County Salvation Army has lots of school supplies to give away. The group has been collecting backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils, tissues, hand sanitizer, and everything in between.Now they're looking to register families to come get the free supplies.More >>
  • VA Manipulated Vets' Appointment Data, Audit Finds

    VA Manipulated Vets' Appointment Data, Audit Finds

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:10:49 GMT
    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.Workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Wilmington, N.C., told auditors they "were fearful of retaliation" if they did not manipulate appointment data.Managers instructed or "encouraged" schedulers to ...More >>
    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.Workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Wilmington, N.C., told auditors they "were fearful of retaliation" if they did not manipulate appointment data.Managers instructed or "encouraged" schedulers to ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.