Two death-row exonorees to speak March 17 in Jefferson City

Two men who were exonerated after spending time on death row in Missouri will give a presentation at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City.
The topic will be: “Death is Not Justice.”
Reggie Griffin and Joe Amrine will talk about their experiences, joined by Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
“We will explore how our justice system, especially our response to violence, fails to heal communities and how we need a response to crime that does not perpetuate the cycle of violence,” the event’s organizers stated.
Reggie Griffin spent 23 years on death row, and Joe Amrine spent 17 years for crimes they did not commit.
Both men were exonerated only after losing decades of fighting to prove their innocence.
Their cases demonstrate how Missouri’s broken death penalty is steeped in issues of prosecutorial misconduct, deficiency in defense and counsel, and racial disparities in representation and sentencing.
Cosponsoring the event are the Missouri Catholic Conference, Cathedral of St. Joseph parish, the United Church of Christ Justice Witness Ministry, the UCC Missouri MidSouth Conference’s Justice Witness Ministry, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the World Community Center.

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