Capital Punishment: Lindsey Vann, Executive Director, Justice 360

Welcome to my series on Capital Punishment!

I chat with Lindsey Vann, Executive Director for Justice 360 in South Carolina, to discuss capital punishment. Specifically, Lindsey sheds light on some of the challenges in death row sentences and what gaps need to be addressed through greater education and awareness. We also discuss Justice 360's work with Juveniles being sentenced to life with no parole.

About Lindsey: Lindsey Vann joined Justice 360 in 2013 and became Executive Director in 2017 after serving as a Justice 360 Fellow and Staff Attorney. Lindsey is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Richmond School of Law. Prior to joining Justice 360, Lindsey was a law clerk to the Honorable James R. Spencer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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