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Saturday Panel Discussion to Look at Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Non-profit organization invites the public to discussion on ending the death penalty in Missouri
(Photo credit: mikecogh via flickr)

One of the most contentious issues in the criminal justice system is the death penalty.  Tomorrow (Saturday, May 31) in Springfield, a panel discussion will explore whether that sentence is just, and whether it’s necessary. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

The discussion kicks off the annual board meeting of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. That’s a group that, like the name implies, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the use of the death penalty in Missouri.

Saturday’s meeting is open to the public, and will be at the Council of Churches of the Ozarks headquarters. That’s at 627 North Glenstone Avenue.

The panel discussion on the death penalty is scheduled to start at 2:00.

Panelists include Dr.  Martin Mittelstadt,  professor of New Testament at Evangel  University; Tom Carver, a  Springfield criminal defense attorney;  and State Rep. Charlie Norr of Springfield.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.