On January 3, 2002, Juan Roberto Melendez, was released from Florida's death row after nearly 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Upon his release, he became the 99th death row inmate in the country to be exonerated and released since 1973. The number now stands at 119. Juan's story highlights all the problems of the death penalty, including its high risk of being imposed on innocent people, its almost exclusive application to poor people, and its disproporationate application to people of color. Since his release, Juan has been active in campaigns to abolish the death penalty. This film tells his story.
the Building a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Film Series is sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, the Concord UU Church, NH Peace Action, Temple Beth Jacob, and the NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates. Free to all.
LR Berger, 603-496-1056