Profile: Governor George Ryan

This month on Profiles, George Ryan, former governor of Illinois and death penalty opponent, shares his faith story.

Ryan, a lifetime United Methodist, is best known for his much-publicized stance on the death penalty – going so far as to impose a moratorium on executions in the state of Illinois. And just two days before the end of his term in 2002, amid much controversy, he commuted the sentences of 167 inmates on death row. After much soul-searching, he made the announcement in an unprecedented speech to a group of Northwestern University Law School students, saying, "Our capital system is haunted by the demon of error: error in determining guilt and error in determining who among the guilty deserves to die."

Ryan continues to stand firm in his decision today. He shares his story with us on this edition of Profiles.

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