“It’s just so dangerous and it makes it wholly apparent how broken our system is,” Rev. Cece Jones-Davis of the state's decision to set an execution date just one week after a parole board recommended Julius Jones receive a commuted sentence of life with the possibility of parole.
Brandon Bernard was just a teen when he participated in the murders of youth ministers Todd and Stacie Bagley. Now advocates, including a former federal prosecutor who worked on the case and several jurors, want to see his death penalty commuted.
Professor and advocate Marc Howard’s work in criminal justice reform began after his childhood friend was wrongfully convicted of murder. Now, he’s aiming to reform the prison system on a national level.