On the day the New Hampshire’s Death Penalty Study Commission released its reports, in which a narrow majority of members called for retaining the state’s death penalty, a group of faith-based activists met in the office of the NH Council of Churches to discuss ways to deepen the movement for death penalty repeal.
Do our children have a future? If they don’t, do we?
These questions formed the heart of a September 29, 2010 community discussion organized by AFSC St. Louis and Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
Five experts in criminal justice and youth shared their thoughts following the screening of “No Tomorrow,” a documentary film about the murder of a young woman, Risa Bejarano, who had “aged out” of foster care. The film covers the trial of the troubled young man, Juan Chavez, who was sentenced to death for her murder.
Panelist Sheila Suderwalla is a social worker nationally known for her work with teens in foster care. She is a member of AFSC's Central Regional Executive Committee and the AFSC St. Louis Area Program Committee.
Panelists included Sheila Suderwalla, a social worker national known for her work with teens in foster care; Rex Friend, an immigration attorney; Dennis Fleming, an author and murder victim's family member; and criminology professors David Curry and Norman White. Suderwalla and Friend have extensive AFSC committee experience.
Thirteen years ago today, when an 11-year old boy, Jeffrey Curley, was brutally murdered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his father immediately became the chief spokesperson for a movement to restore the state’s death penalty. “Initially I don’t know how I could feel any way other than to be in favor of the death penalty,” Robert Curley recalled last night in testimony before a commission studying New Hampshire’s death penalty. But over time, Curley says, he was able to take a closer look and changed his mind. Now, he participates in an international movement to abolish the d
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