CCA staff has provided mitigation services in dozens of capital cases in New York and other states, as well as in Federal capital cases. CCA staff recognizes the importance of doing capital mitigation work using a multi-disciplinary team consisting of attorneys, capital mitigation specialists, investigators, mental health experts, and other individuals with necessary expertise. Mitigation services include: counseling and extensive background investigations of defendants charged in potential death penalty cases; collateral interviews, writing social history reports, development of mitigation theories for penalty phase, and where necessary, working with the capital defense team to help identify and prepare witnesses and exhibits for the sentencing phase of a capital trial.
CCA’s capital mitigation staff receives training both in-house and from some of the most highly respected training programs nationally. CCA staff has participated in training provided by the National Legal Aid Defenders Association, “Life in the Balance”, and the National Association of Sentencing Advocates, “Death Penalty Mitigation Institute.”