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3 4 5An Examination of the Death Penalty from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg and Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty invite you to join us for a closer look at capital punishment. We will be screening In the Executioner’s Shadow followed by an update on the state of the death penalty, and wrapping up with audience Q & A. This free event is open to the public, but please do register in advance. The Study Commission and Advisory Council on Capital Punishment in Pennsylvania released its long-awaited report in June of 2018. It highlights numerous systemic flaws in the administration of the death penalty, including the risk of executing an innocent person. The committee’s analysis indicated that systemic problems with the death penalty persist, including geographical disparities, a lack of adequate representation for poor defendants, and high costs to taxpayers. The committee also relied on a 2017 Penn State study that found that first-degree homicide cases involving a victim who is white are more likely to end with a death sentence than cases in which the victim is Black. In the Executioner’s Shadow “In the Executioner’s Shadow” casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful stories – the rare perspective of a former state executioner who comes within days of executing an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to decide what justice really means; and the parents of a murder victim who choose to fight for the life of their daughter’s killer. As the battle to overturn capital punishment comes to a head in the U.S., this provocative film challenges viewers to question their deepest beliefs about justice. As wrongful convictions, botched executions, and a broken justice system inch further into the spotlight, we must consider: What is justice? What part should the death penalty play? “It is the potential of this documentary to move us toward a more enlightened society that excites me about this work.” —Benjamin Jealous, former NAACP President Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
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