On September 21, 2011, the State of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis.
Troy Davis was executed in spite of the significant doubt about his guilt– there was no physical evidence linking him to the case and seven of the nine primary witnesses eventually recanted or changed their testimony.
Davis’ execution was protested by hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including Pope Benedict XVI and President Jimmy Carter. His death continues to serve as a painful reminder to all of us that our death penalty system is broken beyond repair.
As the 2nd anniversary of Troy Davis’ execution approaches, let’s keep up the fight to abolish the death penalty by making Nebraska the next state to leave this broken system behind.
To learn more about Troy Davis’ case and the flaws in the death penalty system it exposed, check out I Am Troy Davis, a new book co-authored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’ sister Martina Davis-Correia. Use the book to host a discussion of the death penalty with the discussion and study guide produced by Equal Justice USA.