A committee report on the Texas death penalty calls for changes in the state law.  Former Texas Governor Mark White says he does support the death penalty in some situations, but our system can’t remain as it is.  He’s hoping the Legislature could play a role.

He says changes in the law could help, saying the group’s report, “Calls for changes that can be done by judges today, and also by district attorneys today.  So, it's a very full and comprehensive study.”

White says the changes would put Texas in the 21st Century.  He points out that 12 former death row inmates have been exonerated, in many cases by DNA evidence.

 “When you sit there next to a fella who's had two execution dates set for him, spending over 18 years on death row, and later to found absolutely innocent of the crime, that should change people's minds,” he says.