Juan Melendez spent seventeen years,eight months and one day on Florida’s death row for a crime he did not commit. His story highlights the many problems that plague the death penalty system, including its high risk and inevitability of being imposed on the innocent,its unfair application on the basis of race and ethnicity and its almost exclusive imposition on our most vulnerable members of society—the poor.

12th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty
Austin, Texas
October 22, 2011

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