The new protocols allowed the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reinstate Moore’s death sentence.
Moore, 58, was convicted of murder in 1980. He was sentenced to execution, but the execution was set aside by the U.S. Supreme Court because of its 2002 ruling that the execution of inmates with intellectual disabilities is “cruel and unusual punishment.”
This 2017 Supreme Court decision came a month after a psychologist had testified that another Texas inmate facing execution was more likely to reoffend because he was Black. Chief Justice John Roberts said that the comment was a “noxious strain of racial prejudice.”
PPI’s “Correctional Control: Incarceration and Supervision by State” is the first report to aggregate data on all types of correctional control nationwide.