William J. Bowers, James R. Acker- Capital Jury Project and Capital Punishment Research Initiative (CPRI)

Mitigation in Capital Sentencing: Evidence from Trial Transcripts and Juror Interviews (Capital Jury Project)

William J. Bowers, James R. Acker and Charles S. Lanier
Co-Project Directors

The Capital Jury project will examine how receptive capital jurors are to evidence and arguments of mitigation when making their life or death punishment decisions. More specifically, this research is designed 1) to determine the nature and extent of mitigation actually presented to jurors in capital cases (from trial transcripts); 2) to assess the extent to which jurors give effect to such mitigation by recognizing the mitigating nature of such factors and considering or relying on them in their decision making (through interviews with capital jurors); and 3) to gain a more refined understanding of how jurors make the capital sentencing decision both individually and as a group, in light of the aggravating and mitigating evidence actually presented to them and the impediments they experience in their consideration of mitigation.

Link to Capital Jury Project homepage

Detailed Description of Capital Punishment Research Initiative

Sponsoring Agency
National Science Foundation

Charles S. Lanier
Jeanene Barrett, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Thomas Brewer, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Nadine Connell, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Benjamin Fleury Steiner, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Wanda Foglia, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Jean Giles, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK
Emily Hughes, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Paul Kaplan, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Amy Pinero, Baton Rouge Community College, Baton Rouge, LA
Judy Ritter, Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE
Marla Sandys, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Elizabeth Vartkessian, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Contact Information
Telephone: (518) 442-5231
E-mail: dpmitigate@hotmail.com
FAX: (518) 442-5603