Report: Veterans Facing Death Row
More than one million veterans have returned from wars with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
At least 300 veterans are on death row, according to a report released by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).
The report, Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty, cites the tarnished mental state as the leading cause for some veterans landing on death row.
“PTSD is not an excuse for all criminal acts, but it is a serious mental and emotional disorder that should be a strong mitigating factor against imposing the death penalty,” said Richard Dieter, DPIC’s Senior Program Director. “Defense attorneys representing veterans accused of capital crimes often fail to investigate and present evidence of PTSD and other war-related mental injuries.”
Veterans account for 10 percent of the nation’s death row population.
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