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'14 days in May - Countdown to an execution': Documentary & exclusive Q&A
Thu 4 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
The Forensic Psychology Unit (FPU), in collaboration with Reprieve, present the award-winning documentary '14 Days in May' which tells the true story of the countdown to the execution of Edward Earl Johnson (pictured), followed by a Q&A session with Dan Dolan (Head of Death Penalty Policy at Reprieve) and members of the FPU including Professor Fiona Gabbert and guest panel member Professor Lorraine Hope (Portsmouth University).
Tickets cost £5, of which half of the profits will go to supporting Reprieve projects, and half will go to supporting FPU research.
About the documentary: ‘14 Days in May’ is an award-winning documentary which tells the true story of the countdown to the execution of Edward Earl Johnson, a young African-American who was put to death in the gas chamber of Mississippi’s state penitentiary on 20 May 1987. The 20th May 2017 marks 30 years since Edward Earl Johnson was executed for a crime he swore he never committed.
Convicted of the murder of a white police officer, Edward protested his innocence until his death. Reprieve’s Founder, Clive Stafford Smith, represented Edward in his final appeals and fought to save his life right up to the final minutes of Johnson’s life.
’14 Days in May’ is a great introduction to the realities of the death penalty in the US and gives an unparalleled insight into the injustices entrenched in the US justice system. The documentary chronicles a chapter of Clive’s career working to protect innocent people from execution. His work in this area inspired the creation of Reprieve, and is the foundation from which our life-saving work around the world has grown.
Reprieve is an organisation of courageous and committed human rights defenders, including lawyers and investigators. Founded in 1999 by British human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, we provide free legal and investigative support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people: those facing execution, and those victimised by states’ abusive counter-terror policies – rendition, torture, extrajudicial imprisonment and extrajudicial killing. Based in London, we are currently working on behalf of over 100 people facing the death penalty in 17 countries, and 7 men imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay. We are also leading the fight against US-led missile drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Our vision is a world free of execution, torture and detention without due process.
Q&A panel members:
Dan Dolan is head of Death Penalty Policy at Reprieve, and project lead on projects such as Stop Aid For Executions (SAFE), which aims to stop government funding being used to implement the death penalty, and Stop the Lethal Injection Project (SLIP), which works with politicians and pharmaceutical companies to de-bunk the myth of ‘humane execution’ and restrict access to drugs used in executions.
Fiona Gabbert is a Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London, and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit. She has an international reputation for her research in the fields of suggestibility of eyewitness memory and evidence-based investigative interviewing. She has developed innovative ways to improve the usability, credibility, and reliability of evidence from eyewitnesses, that have had an important impact on police operational procedure and policy in the UK and internationally. Through this body of work, Fiona seeks to minimise miscarriages of justice that arise through eyewitness error.
Lorraine Hope is Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. Her research interests concern the performance of human cognition in applied contexts, including memory and decision-making under challenging conditions. In particular, her work has focused on developing theoretically-informed approaches to eliciting information in policing and intelligence contexts. She is currently an Associate Editor for the British Psychological Society (BPS) journal, Legal and Criminological Psychology and a Consulting Editor for the American Psychological Association (APA) Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.