Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Your Information
March 1, 2005
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Ellis to Hold Press Conference on Supreme Court Decision Banning Death Sentences for Juvenile Offenders

(Austin)// -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and Texas criminal justice reform advocates will hold a press conference to discuss today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw death sentences for juvenile offenders, today, March 1, 2005, at 11:45 a.m. in the Lieutenant Governor's Press Room.

Senator Ellis has filed legislation, SB 226, to outlaw death sentences for juvenile offenders here in Texas. Texas has been the leading state when it comes to handing out -- and carrying out -- death sentences for juvenile offenders. Since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1972, Texas has carried out 13 of the 22 executions of juvenile offenders, nearly 60 percent of all such executions in America. There are currently 29 inmates on Texas Death Row who were juveniles when sentenced. According to Amnesty International, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States are the only nations believed to have carried out death sentences for juveniles since 1990.

Ban the Death Penalty for Juvenile Offenders
Senator Rodney Ellis
Tuesday, March 1, 2005, 11:45 a.m.
Lieutenant Governor's Press Room
2E.9, Texas Capitol