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Once & For AllI used to support the death penalty. I didn’t even have a rational explanation for it. If you’re comfortable in life, you can accept a lot of things uncritically.

I really started to look at it when Cherrell Brown started working at EJUSA and told me about it. Her work made me think, and not just about the death penalty. The whole criminal justice system.

Won’t you join me and make a generous gift today to support Cherrell and EJUSA’s other national outreach? Your gift will be matched as part of the Once and For All Campaign.

Finding common ground

Cherrell presents at GULDWhat role do the survivors of crime play in the discussion around criminal justice reform?

That’s the question that EJUSA sought to answer last week during a workshop entitled “Toward a New Paradigm: Victims’ Advocacy in the Criminal Justice Reform Conversation” at The New School in New York City. The conference – Growing Up Locked Down (GULD) – brought together criminal justice reform advocates and juvenile justice experts in discussions around the over-incarceration of youth.

A brand new audience mobilizes for action

Shane, Billy, and Heather“I’m sure that God meant for me to be here,” the seminary student told EJUSA National Organizer Heather Beaudoin (pictured, right). Heather had just finished a presentation on the death penalty at last week’s Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference when the student approached her. His mother had been raped and murdered when he was just 11 years old. He’d always supported the death penalty, and he wasn’t planning to come to the EJUSA’s workshop. But he told Heather that just being there helped him release some of his bitterness and anger and opened up a new avenue to finding peace.

The workshop featured Heather along with Billy Moore (pictured, center), a man who spent time on death row before reconciling with the victim’s family. Billy was ultimately released and became an evangelical pastor. His incredible story of redemption touched many others in the room as well. Some were moved to tears. Others stood to share their own experiences with violence, forgiveness, and redemption.

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