Every person is more than the worst thing they have ever done

Russell Stetler, National Mitigation Coordinator for the federal death penalty projects, discusses mitigation, why it matters, and talks about how he holds on to the belief that every person is more than the worst thing they have ever done.

Russell Stetler is the National Mitigation Coordinator for the federal death penalty projects based in the office of the Federal Public Defender in Oakland, California. The mission of the projects is to ensure that individuals facing capital punishment receive effective legal representation in the U.S. courts. The views expressed in this video are his own.

Written by Abby Kendrick and Natalie Byrom, Produced by Abby Kendrick, Graphics and art assistance by Matthew Bedford

Abby Kendrick

Abby Kendrick is online editor and manages digital content and video production for Lacuna. Abby trained as an economist and is now a Doctoral Researcher based at the University of Warwick working in the area of economic and social human rights.

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