"From Death Row to Freedom: An Innocent Woman's Journey" is the intriguing title of a special event taking place at First United Methodist Church of Redding on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The program will feature a first-hand account by Sabrina Butler, who has the distinction of being the only woman ever freed from death row after being exonerated.
Butler's presentation will focus on her experience in the Mississippi prison system, where she was incarcerated after being wrongly convicted of killing her young son. After spending five years in prison – two years and nine months of it on Death Row – Butler was granted an appellate trial and in 1995 was exonerated by the state of Mississippi and released from prison.
Her appearance is sponsored by FUMC Redding, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the Redding Friends. The ad-hoc interfaith group has been working on prison reform and restorative justice issues over the past few years to raise awareness about the situation from all perspectives.
"From Death Row to Freedom" will start at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the Social Hall at FUMC Redding, which is located off the South Street entrance of the church. First United Methodist Church is located at 1825 East St., Redding, CA 96001 (corner of South and East streets).
There is no charge to attend but donations will be accepted.