How a Death Row Inmate Made Injustice Pay Off

How a Death Row Inmate Made Injustice Pay Off

truthdig By Eric Ortiz June 28, 2018 Imagine you are charged with a crime you didn’t commit, then wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder. Now, imagine you get sentenced to death by electric chair, sent to one of the most notorious prisons in the United States, and assigned an execution date. That’s what happened to Gary Tyler. In 1974, Tyler was arrested for disturbing the peace as a 16-year-old sophomore at Destrehan High School in St. Charles Parish, La., after a…

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“Gary Tyler, My Neighbor” wins grand prize

“Gary Tyler, My Neighbor” wins grand prize

Budding Filmmakers at The International School of Los Angeles Win Grand Prize in Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Video Contest From more than 800 submissions, an entry from Ming-Wei Fasquelle ‘20 and Mwi Epalle ’20 at the International School of Los Angeles has won grand prize in the annual Speak Truth to Power Video Contest. Los Angeles, CA, April 24, 2018 –(PR.com)– Organized by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca…

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Mike Farrell and Gary Tyler Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

Mike Farrell and Gary Tyler Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

All Saints Church discussion marks ‘World Day Against The Death Penalty’ Pasadena Now By Eddie Rivera October 12, 2017 Justice takes many faces and many forms. For some the answer to the death penalty question is swift and sure; for others, the lines are blurred between a respect for life and a respect for the victims. For actor Mike Farrell, self-described “social justice advocate,” it has been a decades-long battle, as an opponent of the death penalty, and an advocate…

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Former death row inmate Gary Tyler starts a new life in Pasadena

Former death row inmate Gary Tyler starts a new life in Pasadena

Pasadena Weekly By Shirley Hawkins June 29, 2017 Soft-spoken 58-year-old ex-prisoner Gary Tyler is finally at peace. The social activist has adopted the pastoral city of Pasadena as his home — a far cry from the grim, gray walls of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, infamously known as Angola, the worst and bloodiest prison in the nation. When Tyler was first incarcerated there 41-and-a-half years ago for a crime that he maintains he did not commit, he was the youngest person…

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Sentenced to death at age 17, Gary Tyler is building a new life in Venice

Sentenced to death at age 17, Gary Tyler is building a new life in Venice

The Argonaut By Shirley Hawkins January 28, 2017 Gary Tyler is finally at peace. The tranquil Craftsman homes and lush tree-lined streets of Pasadena are a far cry from the grim, gray walls of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, infamously known as Angola, the worst and bloodiest prison in the nation. Tyler, 58, was incarcerated there for 41-and-a-half years for a crime he did not commit, arriving on death row before his 18th birthday. “I feel free here,” says the soft-spoken…

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Gary Tyler on Maintaining Hope and Compassion in the U.S. Prison System

Gary Tyler on Maintaining Hope and Compassion in the U.S. Prison System

truthdig By Emma Niles October 14, 2016 A life on death row is unimaginable for most people—but for almost 3,000 prisoners in the United States, it is stark reality. Gary Tyler used to be one such prisoner, unjustly convicted and sentenced to death at age 16 for a crime he did not commit. After spending 41 years of his life at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, America’s largest maximum-security prison, Tyler was released in April. Tyler sat down with…

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A New Way of Life Justice on Trial Film Festival Set for Sept.17-18

A New Way of Life Justice on Trial Film Festival Set for Sept.17-18

Los Angeles Sentinel By Shirley Hawkins September 14, 2016 Statistics from the Sentencing Project on Racial Disparities in the U.S.Criminal Justice System found that “one out of every three black American males born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime.” One of the victims of the penal system was Gary Tyler, who was only 16-years-old when he was charged with a crime he did not commit. Sentenced to the notorious Angola maximum-security prison in West Feliciano Parish,…

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Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital Punishment In California

Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital Punishment In California

KPBS By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Do you support the death penalty? It’s one of the most serious questions to confront California voters this November and one of the most divisive. A Field Poll published in January shows 47 percent of California voters would choose to end the death penalty and replace it with life without the possibility of parole. That’s what Proposition 62 on the November ballot would do. The same poll found 48 percent…

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Four decades later, Gary Tyler is free

Four decades later, Gary Tyler is free

The Lousiana Weekly May 9, 2016 After languishing in Louisiana’s maximum-security prison in Angola, La. for more than four decades, Gary Tyler was released on April 29. Tyler, who was tried and convicted at the age of 16 for first-degree murder in the 1974 death of a white classmate at Destrehan High School during a period in which the River Parish school was rocked with heightened racial tensions amid efforts to integrate the school two decades after the Brown v….

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