Friday, July 14, 2006

Former chair of the TDC calls for Moratorium!

Charles Terrell, the former Chair of the Texas Department of Corrections (as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was formerly named), in a letter to Dallas Morning News has called for a review of cases following the Chicago Tribune's series on Carlos DeLuna.


Re: "Justice Without Doubt – Questionable death cases call for review," Sunday Editorials.

This editorial about the death penalty and three questionable executions is a reasonable approach to a difficult subject. I had enough concerns about flaws in the system to have my name taken off the death row prison a few years ago.

Mistakes can occur, but the system is not willing to admit them.

Your recommendation for a commission to review the entire subject is a good one. A moratorium on the death penalty during that process won't do any harm. The inmates aren't going anywhere.

Charles T. Terrell, Dallas

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