World Day Against the Death Penalty: Virgin Unite announces launch of 'It Could Happen to You' film series and a live panel discussion with Sabrina Butler-Smith, Richard Branson, David Leavitt, an...

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunday 10thAOctober, World Day Against the Death Penalty, sees the launch of 'It Could Happen to You',Aa two-part short film series that tells the shocking stories of Sabrina Butler-Smith (teaser),Aa young Black mother from Mississippi, and Randall Padgett (teaser), a successful business owner from Alabama, who ended up on death row for no fault of their own.ABoth fought hard to see their convictions overturned and were eventually exonerated and released, but others were not so fortunate.The short-films were produced by Virgin Unite a?? the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group a?? in partnership with Hidden Light Productions, and death penalty abolition partner, Witness to Innocence.AThey were directed by Bruce Goodison.The films follow on from theAResponsible Business Initiative for JusticeA(RBIJ) announcement earlier this week that highlighted how over 150 executives have now signedAThe Business Leaders Declaration Against the Death Penalty, calling for the end of the practice around the world and criticizing capital punishment for being error-prone and perpetuating inequality. The declaration was first launched in March by Richard Branson, one of the founders of the campaign. Jean Oelwang, Johnny Webb, and Ellie Kanner are allAdeclaration signatoriesAwho had roles in making the films.Following the film screening, Sabrina will be joined in conversation with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson,ARBIJ CEO Celia Ouellette,Aand Utah County AttorneyADavid Leavitt. The online audience will have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the speakers.AThe online screening will take place onASunday 10thAOctober at 6-7pm ET / 11pm a?? 12am BST.AThe event isAfree of charge. Registration linkAhere.
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