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Illinois Govenor George Ryan's Commission on Capital Punishment

On May 4th, 2000 Illinois Governor George Ryan created the Commission to study Illinois' Capital Punishment law.

As a response to the phenomena in Illinois of individuals being exonerated of their crimes while serving time on Illinois' death row former Governor George Ryan created this Commission to study the capital punishment system in Illinois. 

As support the Commission's work Governor Ryan commissioned an academic study be completed to provide reliable evidence for the Commission to us in support of their work.  The study titled "Race, Region, and Death Sentencing in Illinois 1988-1997" can be viewed or downloaded below.  Also available is the Commission's final report, appendixes, and recommendations. 

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