*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List
Transforming Adversity into Positive Action
Please join us for a special presentation in which Joe Giarratano will discuss his journey from death row to Charlottesville and the Innocence Project at UVA. He will explore the issue of capital punishment, the need for criminal justice & prison reform, peace studies, non-violence, and how as citizens we can make a difference.
Joe Giarratano was sentenced to death in 1979 for a double homicide. He was later granted a conditional pardon by then governor, Douglas Wilder, citing serious doubts concerning his guilt and strongly recommending he be given a new trial. Shortly thereafter, the Attorney General denied his appeal for a new trial–a decision that was widely condemned by those on the right and left.
During his almost 40 years in prison, Joe became a self-taught legal scholar, was published in the Yale Law Journal, and has written many articles about the death penalty and prison reform. He has had several successful cases determined by various courts on a range of issues, including a case that traveled to the U.S. Supreme Court. While in prison, Joe founded the non-profit, “Peace Studies/ATV,” a highly successful program designed to introduce prisoners to non-violence, conflict resolution, personal responsibility, job training, and victim-offender workshops. Since 1989, Joe has been on the Board of The Center for Teaching Peace, in D.C., and since his release on December 20, 2017, has been employed by the Innocence Project at UVA.
|L16||Joe Giarratano||Dec 7||Fr||1:30-3:00 pm||Unity of Charlottesville||A|