Change of Heart: A Murder Victims’ Family Member Advocates Mercy | Jeanne Bishop | TEDxUofIChicago

What does public defender and murder victims’ family member Jeanne Bishop want more of in the criminal justice system? Mercy. In her talk, Bishop asks for more opportunities to show mercy to defendants in that system, from the bail that is set, to sentencing ranges for crimes, to clemency. Bishop brings her unique perspective as both the sister of a young woman who was shot to death along with her husband and unborn child, and a criminal defense attorney representing people accused of serious crimes.

Jeanne Bishop is the sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, who was murdered along with her husband and their unborn baby by a juvenile in 1990. Since the murders of her family members, Bishop has been a passionate advocate of gun violence prevention, abolition of the death penalty, forgiveness and the role of victims in the criminal justice system. She is the author of Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer (Westminster John Knox Press 2015), an attorney with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law.

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Posted in Spring '16 TEDx Speakers.