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Inventory of the Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice Records
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Series Descriptions

R398.001 Box 1, folders 1-23.

Series 1 Meeting Files 2006-2008

Physical Description: 23 file folders

Arrangement

Meeting files are arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Scope and Content Note

Meeting Files pertain to the meetings and public hearings held by the Commission between February 2006 and February 2008. These files may not comprehensively record every meeting held by the Commission. Files include agendas, minutes, memoranda, notes, correspondence, public testimony, focus group feedback, background information, draft Commission reports, news clippings, and articles. The hearings focused on the issues of the fair administration of the death penalty, wrongful conviction, and professional responsibility and accountability of prosecutors and defense lawyers.
R398.002 Box 1, folder 24-Box 2, folder 6.

Series 2 Commission Binders 2006-2007

Physical Description: 11 file folders

Arrangement

Commission Binders are arranged numerically by volume number.

Scope and Content Note

Commission Binders document the topical research compiled by Commission staff for use by Commissioners. The seven volume titles are: Eyewitness Identification, False Confessions, Testimony of Informants, Forensic Evidence, Defense Incompetence and Prosecutorial Misconduct, Remedies for Wrongful Conviction and Post Conviction Access to Testing, and Fair Administration of the Death Penalty. Files may contain reports, correspondence, background information, case studies, expert and legal opinions, articles, essays, statistics, and memoranda.
R398.003 Box 2, folders 7-31.

Series 3 Reports 2006-2008

Physical Description: 25 file folders

Arrangement

Reports are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Reports series pertains to publications collected and used for research by the Commission. Reports include conference summaries, studies, guidelines and best practices, and publications by various organizations. Significant topics include wrongful conviction, death penalty, forensic evidence, exoneration, DNA testing, and incarceration costs. Notable organizations authoring these reports include the ACLU, various state Innocence Commissions, the Constitution Project, the American Bar Association, and the U.S. Department of Justice. While the dates of record-keeping for this series are from 2006 to 2008, the dates of creation are from 1989 to 2008.
R398.004 Box 3, folders 1-33.

Series 4 Death Penalty Files 2006-2008

Physical Description: 33 file folders

Arrangement

Death Penalty Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

These files pertain to the research performed by the Commission exclusively regarding the death penalty. The files may include news clippings, reports, correspondence, testimony, studies, essays, articles, and memoranda. Significant topics include the role that the inmate's race and geographical region of residence play, incarceration costs, and death row inmate lists. These files also contain several reports of death penalty commissions of other states. While the dates of record-keeping for this series are from 2006 to 2008, the dates of creation are from 1979 to 2008.
R398.005 Box 3, folder 34-Box 4, folder 14

Series 5 Subject Files 2005-2008

Physical Description: 20 file folders, 28 dictabelts

Arrangement

Subject Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Subject Files document a wide variety of topics of interest to the Commission. Files may contain publications, statistics, reports, correspondence, articles, testimony, background information, drafts of Commission reports, case studies, and memoranda. In addition to a draft final report by the Commission (the final report is absent from this record group), this series includes files on innocence commissions, electronic recording, the incorporation of the Commission, professional responsibility, eyewitness identification, and false confessions. While the dates of record-keeping for this series are from 2005 to 2008, the dates of creation are from 2000 to 2008.