Team Hensley

Team Hensley

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Chicago's Finest.

On Friday night, we rode our bikes to the University Church where the Campaign to End the Death Penalty was hosting a public forum featuring a panel about Jon Burge, former police chief of Chicago who oversaw countless tortures. Although Burge was found guilty of torture, he still receives over $3,000 a month from taxpayer's money and many of his victims remain in prison without new hearings.

Four of the panelists were Jon Burge victims who spent many, many years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Now they are brave enough to tell their stories over and over in hope that the other torture victims who remain in prison will get their day in court. Hearing them speak was incredibly moving. It is also a good reminder of why the work that the Campaign to End the Death Penalty does is so important. Without the CEDP, these men would most likely still be in prison.

This is Stanley Howard's family. Stanley is one of the Burge victims who remains in prison.

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