Near the end of his excellent book, Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson quotes Walter McMillian, a former Alabama death row inmate. Walter was innocent and eventually released because of Bryan’s legal skills and persistence. During one meeting in the prison, Walter tells Bryan, “Dying on some court schedule or some prison schedule ain’t right. People are supposed to die on God’s schedule.” Walter is right. He died in 2013 a free man and is no longer here to tell of his mistreatment by the state of Alabama.
But, Kirk Bloodsworth is still free to tell his story, how the state of Maryland sentenced him to die. And how DNA evidence and the ability to test it exonerated him and led to his freedom. He will be in Kentucky from Monday through Thursday beginning February 2. The full schedule is below and KCADP encourages supporters to find a doubting friend and take him or her to hear Kirk speak about the nightmare of being innocent, but condemned to die. A system so flawed that 150 have now been released must be abolished.
On Wednesday Kirk will be in Frankfort visiting lawmakers and asking them to repeal the death penalty. You can meet him throughout the day. At 10:00 AM you will find him in Room 346 in the Annex building that sits behind our beautiful Capitol. At that time he will join Sen. Gerald Neal and Rep. David Floyd for a news conference. The public is invited.
How many of the 150 wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death inmates are from Kentucky? Click here for the answer.
WITNESS TO INNOCENCE TOUR SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM CST
Henderson Community College, Fine Arts Center, Stagg Room
2660 S. Green St.
Henderson, KY 42420
Hosted by: Henderson Community College and
The African American Pastors & Layman’s Alliance.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 11:30 AM CST
Education Center, Room 178
202 Bastogne Ave.
Ft. Campbell, KY 42223
Hosted by: Hopkinsville Community College
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM EST
Loyal Jones Appalachian Center in Stephenson Hall
205 N. Main St.
Berea, KY 40404
Hosted by: Madison County Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Wednesday, February 4, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
State Capitol, Frankfort
Join him at 10:00 AM for news conference with Sen. Gerald Neal and Rep. David Floyd
Room 346 in the Capitol Annex Building
Thursday, February 5, 2015 6:00 PM EST
250 University Blvd., Room 002 Breckinridge Hall
Morehead, KY 40351
Hosted by Morehead State University
This Witness to Innocence Tour is sponsored by Witness to Innocence, the ACLU of Kentucky, and KCADP. KCADP appreciates the ongoing work of the ACLU to secure grants and to assign staff to repealing the death penalty in KY.
Graphic: courtesy deathpenaltyinfo.org