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Journey of Hope speakers share death penalty experiences with Kentucky audiences

Kentucky’s Journey of Hope has already stopped this week at the University of Louisville, Kentucky State University, and Georgetown College.

Crowds at all three schools heard the grandson of a murder victim, an innocent man who was exonerated from death row, and the mother of Virginia’s youngest death row inmate share their experiences with the death penalty.

Here are some photos from the event at U of L:

Bill Pelke, the founder of Journey of Hope, explained his evolution from supporting the death penalty to opposing it after the murder of his grandmother.

Bill Pelke, the founder of Journey of Hope, explained his evolution from supporting the death penalty to opposing it after the murder of his grandmother.

Shujaa Graham spent eight years on California's death row for a murder he did not commit.

Shujaa Graham spent eight years on California's death row for a murder he did not commit.

Terri Steinberg's son, Justin Wolfe, is the youngest person on Virginia's death row.

Terri Steinberg's son, Justin Wolfe, is the youngest person on Virginia's death row.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of Kentucky’s Journey of Hope–all events are free and open to the public:

  • Eastern Kentucky University–Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3:30-5 p.m., Posey Auditorium
  • Transylvania University–Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:30-9 p.m., Carrick Theater of Mitchell Fine Arts Building
  • Bellarmine University–Thursday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Horrigan Hall
  • Western Kentucky University–Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-7:30 p.m., MMTH

(Photos: Pat Delahanty)

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