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Bringing Back Tomorrow: St. Louisans Confront the Death Penalty

By Jon Krieg

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.

St. Louis Panel Discussion on the Death Penalty

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.

St. Louis Panel Discussion on the Death Penalty

Organized by AFSC St. Louis and MADP, a panel of experts responds to the documen

Organized by AFSC St. Louis and MADP, a panel of experts responds to the documentary "No Tomorrow," shown at the St. Louis Historical Museum on September 29, 2010.

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