Panel to discuss death penalty

Staff report

PLEASANT RIDGE — A former corrections chief for the state of Ohio, a former death-row inmate, and a longtime activist against capital punishment will provide “Voices of Experience: The Death Penalty” at a panel discussion, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9, at the cafeteria of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 5935 Pandora Avenue, Pleasant Ridge.

The speakers are:

• Terry Collins, who oversaw 33 executions from 2001 to 2011 and is now a strong advocate for repeal of the death penalty.

• Derrick Jamison, who sat on death row for more than 20 years before he was exonerated and freed.

• Sister Alice Gerdeman, veteran activist for abolition of the death penalty.

All are invited to come and bring their questions. Catholic teaching says that cases in which the death penalty is necessary are so rare as to be practically nonexistent in the modern world. Pope Francis recently called for Catholics to “advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty.”

Monday’s panel is sponsored by Nativity Parish, Ohioans to Stop Executions, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Staff report