An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.  - Gandhi

OK-CADP 27th Annual Meeting & Dinner to feature keynote Dr. Susan Sharp Crow

Dr. Susan Sharp Crow

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Dr. Susan Sharp Crow will speak on “The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review: Race and the Death Penalty in Oklahoma” to highlight the 27th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner for the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP).

The event will be held Saturday, April 21, in the Great Hall on the first floor of the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center (Student Union) on the Oklahoma City University campus.

Registration and a reception begin at 5:30 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The program will commence at 6: 30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

Dr. Sharp Crow is the Emerita David Ross Boyd Professor and L.J. Semrod Presidential Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma, having retired in December 2016. Her research has spanned over two decades focusing on the impact of corrections policies on families of offenders.

Dr. Sharp Crow, Dr. Michael Radelet and Dr. Glenn Pierce collaborated with the Constitution Project on the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission to provide data on racial inequities in applying the death penalty in Oklahoma that were incorporated into the final report.

They examined all cases in which the death penalty was imposed for Oklahoma homicides that occurred between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 2012. They found that cases with white victims, male or female, and cases with minority female victims are significantly more likely to end with a death sentence in Oklahoma than are cases with nonwhite male victims.

“We are excited to hear Dr. Sharp Crow talk about the latest study on the correlations between race and the imposition of the death penalty in Oklahoma,” said Rev. Don Heath, OK-CADP chair. “She will be sharing her experiences from her decades of work on the death penalty and the criminal justice system.”

In April 2015, the commission released a nearly 300-page report and announced more than 45 recommendations to the state’s execution protocol. The report concluded that “Oklahoma’s death penalty system is not working, and without major changes, Oklahoma risks executing innocent people.”

Oklahoma has had a moratorium on the death penalty since October 2015 after the wrong drug, (potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride – the drug approved as a part of the state’s three-drug protocol) was nearly used to execute Richard Glossip. The Department of Corrections later said that the wrong drug had also been used in the January 2015 execution of Charles Warner in which he said, “My body is on fire.”

Dr. Sharp Crow is a former board member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), former chair of the Division on Women and Crime of the ASC, and currently associate editor of the ASC newsletter, The Criminologist. Her work has been recognized by earning her numerous awards at the university as well as at the national level.

She is the author of Hidden Victims: The Effects of the Death Penalty on Families of the Accused (Rutgers University Press, 2005) and Mean Lives, Mean Laws: Oklahoma’s Women Prisoners (Rutgers University Press, 2014).

Dr. Sharp Crow served as chair of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty from 2002- 2004 and was named OK-CADP Phil Wahl Abolitionist of the Year in 2004.

The program will feature three Abolitionists Awards, which will honor individuals or organizations who demonstrate extraordinary effort to end the death penalty in Oklahoma. They include the Phil Wahl Abolitionist of the Year Award, the Lifetime Abolitionist Award and the Opio Toure Courageous Advocate Award.

Individual tickets may be purchased through April 18, at a cost of $50 for adults and $15 for students. Sponsorships for tables of eight are available for $400. Click the scroll down below and make a selection to purchase tickets online or contact Anne Murray at 405-532-5443.

To order tickets by mail, send a check along with guest’s names to: OK-CADP, P.O. Box 713, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0713. Please indicate “annual dinner” in the memo line.

Note:  The OCU Great Hall is located on the 1st floor of the Tom & Brenda McDaniel University Center (Student Union) – Building #420. Parking is available at NW 25th and Florida Avenue. Visit the OCU map:

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