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Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty says
PAPE Project Teach In

What: A teach-in on the Standard of Proof for Intellectual Disability in Death Penalty cases in Georgia

When and Where:
Tuesday February 21, 2017 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
1790 Lavista Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30329

The issue:
Georgia is the only state in the country that uses the most difficult standard of proof in order to meet the legal standard of Intellectual Disability in death penalty cases “Beyond a reasonable doubt.” This standard is a fairly challenging legal obstacle to overcome, and Georgia is an outlier in requiring it. Of the 33 jurisdictions that still have the death penalty, 22 use the standard of “preponderance of the evidence.” Because of Georgia’s incredibly high standard of proof, Georgia continues to execute people with developmental disabilities, including Warren Lee Hill, who the State of Georgia executed on January 27, 2015. Had Mr. Hill been convicted of the same crime in any other state, he would not have been eligible for the death penalty.

Who should attend:
Because people with intellectual disabilities are highly vulnerable in the current state of Georgia’s criminal justice system, especially in regards to the death penalty, we highly encourage people with disabilities, family members, and other disability advocates to attend, including those who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system and those who are interested in criminal justice reform. We will provide an overview of the topic, share stories of people who have been personally impacted and outline the advocacy work crucial to move this significant piece of legislation forward and put Georgia back on the right side of history.

About the PAPE Project:
The PAPE (Proof to a Preponderance of the Evidence) Project is a coalition founded in 2015 by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty. The Coalition successfully advocated for SB 401 to be introduced during the 2016 legislative session with bipartisan support. Building off of that success, PAPE will continue to advocate for passing bill in the 2017 legislative session that will change the current standard of proof to the "Preponderance of the Evidence" in death penalty cases involving people with intellectual disabilities.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact:
Caitlin Childs
Lobbyist and Legislative Consultant
PAPE Project Coalition
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By: Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty

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