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Performance of Collateral Counsels Improved; Registry Accountability Needs to Be Revisited, Report No. 01-52, November 2001
 
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  • Legislative reforms have dramatically improved the system for the legal representation of death row inmates in the courts system.
  • The division of the capital collateral counsel into three independent offices monitored by the Commission on Capital Cases has improved accountability and performance.
  • The creation of a registry of private attorneys to take regional counsel conflict and overflow cases has eliminated the prior backlog of capital collateral cases.  However, the registry lacks the financial and performance accountability of the regional counsels.  The commission should provide additional oversight to assure the registry’s proper operation.
  • The repository, which collects and reproduces the multitude of case records, has significantly improved operations through technology and outsourcing.
  • Rather than pursuing the dual-track post-conviction concept, which would increase costs by an estimated $14 million, Florida should try to eliminate delay in the capital collateral system by qualifying for the “opt-in” provisions of the federal Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Justice Administrative Commission
Capital Collateral Regional Counsels (Death Penalty Appeals)

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