The Impact of Stories: Shaping Policies, Changing Lives

Location: Lake Mizell B
Date: Sat, May 2
Time: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

This session will explore the importance of personal innocence narratives. How have telling these stories shaped public consciousness around wrongful convictions? How have these narratives shaped opinion about the death penalty? How have these stories played a role in changing policy? And, how does sharing these stories strengthen innocence work overall? Panelists Jennifer Thompson (co-author of "Picking Cotton" with Ronald Cotton and member of the National Innocence Network's Victims Working Group) and Kimberly Davis (sister of innocent death row prisoner Troy Davis who was executed by the state of Georgia, and board member of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation) will share not only their personal stories related to innocence, but also the larger impact that sharing their stories has had on public consciousness and, ultimately, on policy decisions. The session will be moderated by Jen Marlowe, author of "I Am Troy Davis," who will also bring in her own observations about the important role that personal narratives play in exposing injustice and shifting consciousness.

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