In 1993, Kirk Bloodsworth became the first American to be exonerated from death row based on DNA testing. Since his release, Bloodsworth has devoted himself to abolishing the death penalty and addressing wrongful convictions. He steps up at Town Hall to continue his fight against the death penalty, offering highlights and progress from this nationwide conversation. He shares details from his own experience, drawing from adaptations of his story such as the book Bloodsworth and the documentary An Innocent Man, as well as his work as Executive Director of the advocacy organization Witness To Innocence. Sit in for Bloodsworth’s fraught—and ultimately inspiring—story, and take part in a critical discussion about the future of capital punishment in our country.
An honorably discharged Marine, Kirk Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States to be exonerated from death row based on DNA testing. In 1984, he was arrested for the rape and murder of nine-year-old Dawn Hamilton. Bloodsworth spent nine years incarcerated, two of which were on death row, before DNA evidence incontrovertibly cleared him of all charges. Since his exoneration, Kirk has devoted himself to abolishing the death penalty and addressing wrongful convictions.
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