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The Death Penalty, Wrongful Convictions, and our Justice System

Nov 18 | Mon |

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David Dow has dedicated his life to fighting the death penalty. As founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network, which works to exonerate wrongfully convicted inmates, and the Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project, Dow and his team have represented in court well over 100 death row inmates. Dow’s job is often devastating, but he continues this important work because he knows that overturning wrongful decisions is possible. What does justice mean to our society? Who could some death row inmates become if society punished without execution? Nearly always, even after his team loses and his client is within minutes of being executed, his client is grateful to him in their final conversation.

Dow explores these questions within the framework of his suspenseful debut novel, Confessions of an Innocent Man, about an innocent man on death row who wins his freedom and goes on to battle the system and deliver justice. In his talk, Dow will discuss his work with inmates on death row and with clients he believes have been wrongfully convicted. David R. Dow is the Cullen Professor at the University of Houston Law Center and the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History at Rice University.

Suggested Donation: $6 member / $10 non-member. For registration and information, email or call (718) 268-5011 ext. 151.

Venue: Commonpoint Queens Central Queens

67-09 108th Street Map