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5/2/2012 11:49:00 AM
Death penalty discussion set for Salem
The film
The film "Race to Execution" explores how minorities are sentenced to death more often than white Americans.

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will sponsor a free discussion and showing of the documentary film “Race to Execution,” beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Ike Box coffee house, 299 Cottage St. in downtown Salem.

"Despite Gov. John Kitzhaber's November moratorium on executions, Oregon taxpayers are still paying more than $20 million annually to maintain a flawed death penalty system," says the organization, which includes Catholic leaders.

Guest speaker at the Salem event will be Frank Thompson, former superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary. He supervised the only executions in the state in the past 50 years.

Rachel Lyon's film, “Race to Execution,” reveals potential racial biases of victims and perpetrators as portrayed in media.

For details, see the website for Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death
Penalty, www.oadp.org. or call (503) 990-7060.

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