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Webinar – Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty in Georgia

Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty invite you to join us for a discussion on intellectual and developmental disabilities, what Georgia’s standard of proof means for people with disabilities and actions we can all take to work toward the reform of our criminal justice system.

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Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System

“Restorative justice sees people not as victims or offenders needing pity or punishment, but rather as people whose lives have intersected through harmful behavior and who need that harm healed and integrated.”
– Susan Sharpe, Ph.D.

A primary point of departure in Catholic social doctrine is the life and dignity of the human person. This, too, is a core understanding in restorative justice, which seeks to promote approaches to justice rooted in human dignity, relationship and healing. As a community of faith that shares these ideals, we can help be part of that movement to shift our criminal legal system from one of retribution to one of restoration and transformation.

Join us via Zoom on Thursday, May 26, at 12:30 p.m. for Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System. This lunch hour presentation will look at the affinities between Catholic social doctrine and restorative justice, as well as the very real impact restorative approaches can have in our criminal legal system. We are pleased to welcome our speakers, Caitlin Morneau, Director of Restorative Justice for Catholic Mobilizing Network, and Dr. Elizabeth Beck, Professor in the School of Social Work at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Please click here to register. This presentation is co-hosted by Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty and Justice and Peace Ministries of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

CMN Gregory Prejean Webinar

Dignity and the Death Penalty: A Conversation with Cardinal Wilton Gregory and Sister Helen Prejean

Join Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, and Sister Helen Prejean, as they discuss the death penalty in the United States in a webinar presented by RENEW International and The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

In addition to sharing their own views of capital punishment, Cardinal Gregory and Sister Helen will talk about how Catholics can participate in civil discourse on this polarizing topic and how Catholics can take part in the movement to abolish the death penalty.

The webinar is moderated by Gregory Tobin, president and publisher of RENEW International, and Ms. Genevieve Mougey, MDiv, director of the Office for Social Concerns in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Click here to register online.

Fresh Eyes, Old Challenges: New Perspectives from Leaders of Color on How We Can Win Death Penalty Abolition

The anti-death penalty movement has welcomed a number of new leaders of color in the last year. Listen as they share their fresh perspectives on what is working well in the movement, new opportunities for engagement, and their work to build new coalitions to connect the anti-death penalty movement to the broader criminal legal reform movement.

Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.

Featuring: 

Russell Allen

Co-Director of Organizing, Kentucky Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP)

Tialisha Lumpkin

Co-Director of Organizing, Kentucky Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP)

DJ Sims

Executive Director, Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP)

Michelle Smith

Racial Justice Coordinator, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADPMO)

Tyler Swanson

Campaign Strategist, Center for Death Penalty Litigation, North Carolina

Moderator: Furonda Brasfield, Director of Leadership Development, 8th Amendment Project

 

Presented by the 8th Amendment Project. http://www.8thamendment.org/ 

The 8th Amendment Project (8AP) was formed at the request of national and local partners and funders in 2014. It is tasked with directing and honing the national strategy to end the death penalty and consulting with myriad partners on an ongoing basis to maximize the effectiveness of the work, including litigation, advocacy, communications, research, and funding. 

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, a person with a diagnosis of intellectual disability, regardless of severity, must prove their intellectual disability “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Further, the intellectual disability must be introduced not just during sentencing, but also during the trial phase. This standard of proof is the narrowest of any state in the entire country. To date, no one has been able to meet that standard. The US Supreme Court may soon hear a Georgia case, Young vs. Georgia, challenging the extraordinary burden placed on capital defendants with intellectual disabilities.

Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty invite you to join us for a discussion on intellectual and developmental disabilities, what Georgia’s standard of proof means for people with disabilities and actions we can all take to work toward the reform of our criminal justice system.

We will be joined by Brian Stull, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Capital Punishment Project and lead counsel on the Young vs. Georgia case. Additional panelists include Maggie Rousseau (Director of Disabilities Ministry) and Jayna Hoffacker (Associate Director of Justice and Peace Ministries) of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and Frank Mulcahy, Executive Director of the Georgia Catholic Conference.

Please click here to register.