On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, we will present "The Death Penalty Brutalizes Us All,” the fourth in our webinar series.
Mike Farrell, DPF board president, will moderate an in-depth conversation with three people who know first-hand how the brutality of the death penalty reverberates beyond the men and women who have been sentenced to death to their families and loved ones, to their spiritual advisors, and legal teams.
Joe Ingle, a United Church of Christ minister, began working with people in prison in the early 1970s, when he was a student at Union Theological Seminary and living in East Harlem. A native of North Carolina, he has been a spiritual advisor to people on death row throughout the South for 50 years, the last 30 of them on Tennessee’s death row.
Donna Larsen is a retired allied health professional and paralegal. She has spent the last 26 years trying to prove that her son, Keith Doolin, who is on death row at San Quentin, was wrongfully convicted of the murder of two women and shooting of four others, in Fresno, from November 1994 through September 1995. She is a leader of the Death Row Working Group, which supports people on death row, those sentenced to life without parole, and their families and friends on the outside.
Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt is a member of the DPF Board of Directors, serving as Vice-Chair of Outreach. A former Chief Investigator in the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s office, she was the first African American woman in California to earn the title of Chief Investigator, a position she held from 1995 until she retired in 2016. As Chief Investigator, Lawanda assisted in the defense of several death penalty cases, an experience that cemented her opposition to the death penalty.