WestConn professor to be honored for his anti-death penalty work

DANBURY, CONN. — For his tireless efforts to repeal the death penalty and his commitment to speaking with law enforcement about the issues surrounding it, Western Connecticut State University Associate Professor of Justice and Law Administration Dr. George Kain will be recognized by the CT Network to Abolish the Death Penalty (CNADP).

On Sept. 14, Kain will receive the CNADP’s Walt Everett Humanitarian Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Hartford. This year’s meeting is dedicated to law enforcement and their perspectives on the death penalty. In April, Kain and Terrence Dwyer, an assistant professor of justice and law administration at WCSU, sponsored a symposium on law enforcement and the death penalty. Six months prior to that, Kain invited former death-row inmate Juan Melendez, to speak about his 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. At the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s 2010 Conference, Kain spoke about effectively reaching out to the law enforcement community.

Throughout Kain’s career, he has exhibited a dedication to serving his community. A retired Connecticut Judicial Branch administrator, Kain has served as both an adult probation officer and a special programs administrator. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Police Commissioners Association.

Walt Everett, a pastor whose son was murdered at age 24, will present the CNADP award to Kain. Dwyer, who has often worked side-by-side with Kain in his efforts to educate the public on current issues surrounding the death penalty, will also be recognized.

“I still cannot believe that they are giving me this award. Just to have my name mentioned in the same sentence as Walt Everett is an honor,” Kain said. “I am very humbled, but very grateful.”


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