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'A Broken System II:' Report Examines Why There Is So Much Error in Capital Punishment Cases

With the much anticipated publication of "A Broken System II: Why is There So Much Error in Capital Cases, and What Can Be Done About It," a follow-up to the landmark study on the reliability of the capital punishment system, "A Broken System, Error Rates in Capital Cases 1975-1995," James S. Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and co-author of both the new and old studies, reviews why error in capital cases has persisted across decades, states and different counties in the United States.

The study's other authors are: Jeffrey Fagan, Professor of Law and Public Health at Columbia; Andrew Gelman, Professor of Statistics and Director of the Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences Program at Columbia; Valerie West, Research Associate at the Columbia Law School completing her doctorate at New York University's Department of Sociology; Garth Davies, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University; and Alexander Kiss, doctoral candidate in biostatistics at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health.

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Published: Feb 11, 2002
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