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Live public radio discussion features Westervelt’s work on life after death row – Research News

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 by Sangeetha Shivaji.
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Saundra Westervelt

Saundra D. Westervelt, Associate Professor, Sociology

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NC Public Radio WUNC will broadcast live from Greensboro’s Triad Stage at noon on Dec. 18. With UNCG Associate Professor Saundra Westervelt and UNCW Professor Kimberly Cook as his guests, Frank Stasio will discuss life after death row on his program “The State of Things.”

Drs. Westervelt and Cook recently published the book “Life After Death Row,” which chronicles the struggles of 18 death row exonerees. Proceeds from the book support two organizations that assist exonerees. Learn more here.

To learn more about the live broadcast, which is free and open to the public, see the program description from wunc.org/events below.


The State of Things in Greensboro Tuesday December 18

See The State of Things with host Frank Stasio in action at Triad Stage in Greensboro on Tuesday Dec 18 at noon.  RSVP by emailing rsvp@wunc.org. Admission is FREE, but limited.

Doors open at 11:30, please be in your seat before 11:45 am.
232 South Elm Street, 3rd floor Cabaret, Triad Stage. Directions.

Here’s what coming up on the show (so far):

–Life After Death Row: One hundred and thirty eight people have been exonerated of capital crimes and released from death row since 1973. These tragic stories don’t always get told, but two professors wanted to make sure that the voices of some exonerees were heard. Saundra Westervelt and Kimberly Cook explore the post-incarceration struggle of 18 of them in their new book “Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity” (Rutgers University Press/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks about life after death row with Saundra Westervelt, an associate professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Kimberly Cook, a professor and chair of the department of sociology and criminology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

–Nathan Bowie: Nathan Bowie and his uncle shot and killed two men in Catawba County in 1991. The prosecutor offered Bowie a plea of second-degree murder, but Bowie’s attorney – an alcoholic who admitted to drinking on the morning before trials – did not fully discuss the plea with his client. Bowie is now on death row, despite many mitigating factors that, had they been adequately argued, would likely have put him in prison for life. Host Frank Stasio speaks with attorney Alex Charns about the Bowie case and the possibility of clemency.