CAPITAL AND FELONY MITIGATION
Alan L. Ellis, Ph.D. develops mitigation reports and packets for individuals facing serious felonies. A mitigation report/packet is used as part of your attorney's efforts to persuade the judge and prosecutor to offer you a mitigated sentence.
WHAT IS MITIGATION?
Mitigation is ANY available evidence that calls for leniency in a capital or felony case and may include psychological assessments, medical and educational histories, employment history, information about one's family and childhood, achievements, challenges, prior criminal history, substance abuse issues, and other factors that may influence the judge and prosecutor in seeing you as something more than a collection of police reports and forensic evidence.
HOW A MITIGATION PACKET HELPS
Mitigation packets/reports often have a significant positive impact and can help in reaching a settlement of the case or improve the outcome (e.g., a reduced sentence).
ABOUT ALAN ELLIS
Alan Ellis conducts mitigation work for individuals facing the death penalty and other major felony charges. He is an independent contractor with the Maricopa County Office of Public Defense Services, the Pima County Office of Contract Counsel and also contracts with other Arizona Counties, the Federal Government, and private attorneys and their clients.
Alan is fluent in Spanish and has conducted mitigation investigations throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Europe. He works collaboratively with the Department of Protection of the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix and the Mexican Capital Litigation Assistance Project (MCLAP), which is funded directly by the Mexican Parliament.
Alan has a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Kentucky and San Francisco State University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in social psychology, conflict and conflict resolution, small group behavior, survey research methods, and other topics. He has published books, chapters, and articles in the fields of social psychology and human sexuality.
In addition to his academic endeavors, Alan worked in the non-profit sector provding psycho-social support services to individuals facing life-challenging illnesses, and with refugees and others displaced by war. He served as Acting Executive Director and Associate Director of the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito, California and helped develop centers in Zagreb, Croatia, and Moscow, Russia. He also conducted training sessions throughout the United States and Mexico.