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 fighting to prove their innocence – their experiences demonstrate how Missouri’s death penalty is steeped in issues of racial injustice, prosecutorial misconduct, deficiency in defense and counsel, and disparities in representation and sentencing.
This is especially relevant now in the current case of Marcellus Williams, who just this August came within five hours of being executed for a crime that DNA evidence shows he did not commit. On November 4, Reggie, Joe, Missouri Representative Bruce Franks, Jr., and Missourians for Alternative to the Death Penalty will speak about all of these issues as well as their tragic impacts on real people and communities today.
This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $20.