HARRISBURG – August 28, 2018 − State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (PADP) this weekend hosted a screening of the film Mother’s Day: The Forgotten Victims of Death Row at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr, PA.
“Linda’s film highlights an important issue and I think this was an important conversation to have,” Leach said. “I have long felt that it is time for the United States to join the rest of the civilized world in ending the barbaric practice of having our government kill people in cold blood. Linda’s film made me even more certain that we should abolish the death penalty.”
The documentary examines the serious but rarely addressed collateral consequences of the death penalty, focusing on the terrible social cost of blaming, shunning and ostracizing the family members, especially the mothers, of death row inmates.
After the screening, Leach hosted a panel discussion with the film’s director, Linda Broocks, and Executive Director of PADP, Kathleen Lucas, to discuss the film and the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
The event was sponsored by Amnesty International, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, Pennsylvania Council of Churches and the Pennsylvania Prison Society.
The use of capital punishment is authorized in 31 states, the federal government and the United States military. Pennsylvania is one of those 31 states. Pennsylvania’s last involuntary execution was in 1962. Its last voluntary execution was in 1999.
Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. He is also the Democratic Chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.