Los Angeles, CA — The Los Angeles County Coalition for Death Penalty Alternatives presents “Costs & Consequences: Can We Afford the Death Penalty?” on Sunday, May 31 from 3-5 p.m. at Fame Renaissance Center of First AME Church (FAME).

The forum is co-hosted by Professor Charles Ogletree, director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, representative for California’s 35th congressional district.

The event will feature a panel with a question and answer session. The panel includes Attorney John Streeter, former vice chair of the California Commission of the Fair Administration of Justice; Azim Khamisa, father of murdered victim and founder of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation; and Gloria Killian, wrongfully convicted of First Degree Murder.

California’s budget deficit is reportedly at least $15 billion and on tract to spend $1 billion more over the next five years on a dysfunctional death penalty system that is wasteful, biased and prone to error.

The forum is free and open to the public. FAME is located at 1968 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018. For more information, contact jatrig777@aol.com or visit www.enddeathpenaltyla.org.