The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) works for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. One of our focus areas is the death penalty with key issues of focus being its impact on individuals with mental illness & intellectual disabilities, people who are poor and its disproportionate use against Black people.
On June 29th, 1972, the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in Furman V. Georgia. They ruled that the death penalty was applied in a manner that disproportionately harmed minorities and the poor. Although Georgia reinstated the death penalty four years later, the majority opinion in Furman V. Georgia is as true today as it was in 1972....the death penalty disproportionately harms minorities and the poor and needs to go!
Please join us as we welcome a panel of experts to address the issues and flaws with the death penalty, it's impact on the poor, people of color and those with mental and intellectual disabilities.
Moderator: Waleisah Wilson, Client Services Advocate (SCHR)
* Herman Lindsey, Florida Death Row Exoneree & Criminal Justice Reform Consultant
* Joia Thornton- National Policy Strategist, Southern Center for Human Rights & Coalition Director, Faith Leaders of Color Coalition (FLOCC)
* Gretchen M Engel- Executive Director, Center for Death Penalty Litigation
TOPICS OF DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE
Busting the myth that the death penalty deters crime
Overcoming the "eye for an eye" mentality
Death penalty racism & errors
Executing the mentally ill & developmentally disabled
Addressing the quality of defense of the poor vs wealthy
The Faith Community's role in ending the death penalty
How we can end the death penalty