DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION
our work toward abolition
The cornerstone of Witness to Innocence’s work is our legislative and advocacy efforts fighting for death penalty abolition state-by-state and nationwide.
We have marched and testified across the country, from the Texas governor’s mansion, to the Arizona capitol building, to the Arkansas state legislature. Our members have been featured across national media including WHYY’s Radio Times, interviewed on CBS This Morning, and published in the Washington Post. We have met with Philadelphia’s District Attorney and Florida’s State Attorney, among others, to discuss wrongful convictions and capital punishment.
Public speaking tours are another key aspect of WTI’s work. Our members travel nationwide -- and occasionally internationally -- to share their powerful stories with colleges, high schools, faith communities, and organizations and spread the word about much-needed systemic change, including an end to the death penalty. Over the past year WTI exonerees have shared their stories in more than 80 speaking engagements, panel discussions and interviews nationwide.
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