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For his tireless efforts to repeal the death penalty and his commitment to speaking with law enforcement about the issues surrounding it, WCSU Associate Professor of Justice and Law Administration Dr. George Kain was recognized by the CT Network to Abolish the Death Penalty (CNADP).

In September 2010, Kain received the CNADP’s Walt Everett Humanitarian Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Hartford. The meeting was dedicated to law enforcement and their perspectives on the death penalty. Kain and Terrence Dwyer, assistant professor of justice and law administration at WCSU, sponsored a campus symposium on law enforcement and the death penalty. 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, presented 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, also was 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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