Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Witness to Innocence will hold the seventh annual Student Conference on the Death Penalty at Lipscomb University’s Ward Hall on Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Lipscomb’s Institute for Law, Justice and Society and Department of History, Politics and Philosophy.
High school and college students from around Tennessee are invited to attend and learn more about the death penalty, including the opportunity to hear stories from surviving family members of homicide victims as well as from individuals who were wrongfully convicted and sent to death row.
This year’s keynote speaker is Ray Krone, the 100th death row exoneree in the United States. Krone served ten years in prison, including several on death row, for a crime he did not commit until DNA evidence finally identified the actual perpetrator.
The conference will also host a Wrongfully Convicted Panel of several people sentenced to death only to later be exonerated, including Krone, Ndume Olatushani, Paul and Joyce House and Michael McCormick. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from the Sharing Our Stories Panel of surviving family members of murder victims who will share painful journeys and opposition to the death penalty. Panel members include James Staub, Patricia Earnhardt, Charles Strobel and Cliff O’Sullivan.
The free program is open to college and high school students and college–age church groups from across Tennessee. The general public can attend, but the program is designed for the 18-25 year old age group.
To register for this event click here.