Execution case files, 1970-2014
Execution Files – Execution case files, 1970-2014, bulk 1992-2014, 38 cubic ft. and 28.6 MB (35 files) (paper, digital)
Please note: These records may be restricted. See the restrictions statement on the main page for details on how to contact the archives for more information.
Scope and Content
These are execution case files that the Office of the General Counsel of Texas Governor Rick Perry created to track the cases of death row inmates and document actions by the courts and the governor through appeals, requests for stays of execution, or clemency. Records are primarily in paper format, though executive briefing memos are in electronic format. The files consist of execution summaries by the governor’s general counsel and summaries by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) (or by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the BPP); memos and correspondence; clemency petitions; affidavits; court documents (judgments, opinions, appeals, motions, orders, etc.); notes; records from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate files, including medical or psychological summaries or reports, disciplinary reports, social histories, other internal reports about specific inmates, police reports, investigative reports of detectives, crime lab reports, fingerprint records, and occasionally, crime scene and/or autopsy photos; Texas Department of Public Safety criminal history records; clippings; case summaries from the South Western Reporter or similar court reports; citations from online legal sources and video tapes. Dates covered are 1970-2014, bulk 1992-2014.
These records are loosely arranged chronologically within two subgroups: executed offenders and offenders no longer on death row. Executed offenders are arranged by execution date. No longer on death row includes offenders with reduced sentences or offenders who died of natural causes while on death row. They are arranged by date of sentence change or death.
Please see the finding aid on TARO (https://txarchives.org/tslac/finding_aids/50120.xml) for details on how to access paper-based materials.
(Identify the item), Execution case files, Texas Governor Rick Perry General Counsel execution files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Inventory of the Execution Case Files
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