Jason Baldwin served 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Today he’s an advocate for abolishing the death penalty and on July 21 will be in Spokane to tell his story.
Baldwin, who now resides in Seattle, was one of three teenagers — The West Memphis Three —sentenced in the early 1990s for killing three 8-year-old boys. He was released in 2011 after the court ruled prosecutors did not have enough evidence to convict him.
He’ll be speaking at 4:40 p.m. on the Saranac Rooftop, 25 W. Main, hosted by The Peace and Action Justice League of Spokane’s Inland Northwest Death Penalty Abolition Group. Doors open at 4 p.m. for refreshments and music.
For information visit the PJALS website.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.