What Lisa Montgomery Has In Common With Many On Death Row: Extensive Trauma.
The Marshall Project
January 8, 2021

The Marshall Project reports,

“Plenty about Montgomery—the only woman on federal death row—is unique. But in many ways, her story is emblematic of the contemporary death penalty, because the horrors of her life track closely with the stories of the 87 people executed across the country in the last four years.

Researchers at the Death Penalty Information Center—a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that studies capital punishment—have scoured court records and news reports, finding that among those executed, more than one-third had suffered a brain injury or had an intellectual disability, while nearly two in five were diagnosed with a severe mental illness. And almost two-thirds experienced extensive trauma as children.

At least 11 of the executed suffered from all three—just like Montgomery.”



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