Deconstructing the Death Penalty *(Full Episode & Extended Interviews)*
Deconstructing the Death Penalty - Full Episode
Today on the Mundane Revolution, we talk about a subject that we're all aware of, but that few of us have taken time to ponder - the death penalty. After a 4 year suspension by the US Supreme Court, the death penalty was reinstituted in 1976, and since then, over 1400 people have been put to death. Today we talk with Ray Krone, an innocent man who was sentenced to die and later distinguished as the 100th American death row exonoree, Jane Davis, a former death row media witness turned death row counselor, Frank Thompson, a retired warden responsible for overseeing the death penalty for the state of Oregon, Marc Hyden, a conservative working to bring a new awareness of the death penalty to his colleagues, and Bill Pelke, who experienced a radical shift in his understanding of the death penalty after his grandmother was brutally murdered. Come with us as we deconstruct popular understandings of the death penalty, and uncover stories of lives caught up in the web of state-sponsored killing.
Deconstructing the Death Penalty - Extended Interviews
Dig deeper into the problems with the death penalty by listening to the extended interviews for "Deconstructing the Death Penalty."
Ray is the 100th person to be exonerated from death row in the United States. He was released from prison on April 8, 2002 after DNA evidence proved beyond doubt that he was an innocent man. You can learn more about Witness to Innocence, where Ray serves as the Director of Membership and Training, by clicking here.
Jane Davis witnessed the horror of execution first-hand when she was asked to serve as a media witness to an execution. Since then, she has traveled to death rows and prisons all over the country. Find out more about Hope Howse, the work of Jane Davis, by clicking here.
Frank Thompson is the former Superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary where he conducted the only two executions to happen in Oregon in the last 50+ years. He now serves on the board of directors of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. You can visit OADP's website by clicking here.
Marc Hyden serves as a coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, a network of political and social conservatives who question the alignment of capital punishment with conservative principles and values. You can find out more about Conservatives Concerned by clicking here.
On May 14, 1985, Bill Pelke's grandmother, Ruth Pelke, was brutally murdered in her home by a group of teenage girls. Eventually, Bill not only forgave the ringleader, Paula Cooper, but also worked toward her removal from death row. He now works together with other family members of murder victims toward the abolition of the death penalty through The Journey of Hope. You can learn more about The Journey of Hope by clicking here.