Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Influential Jane

You know that times are a-changin' when an abolitionist gets named to a "who's who" list! Well, I'm happy to report that NCADP's own Jane Bohman has been selected as one of the "100 most influential women" by Chicago Business magazine.

The magazine writes of Jane's efforts to convince then-Gov. George Ryan to commute the sentences of people on Illinois' death row before leaving office in January 2003:

The activist was instrumental in shaping Mr. Ryan's thinking on the death penalty. Not that he hadn't heard all the arguments, pro and con, before. What Ms. Bohman did better than anyone else was to humanize the issue. She pulled together families of inmates, murder victims and those who had been wrongly convicted, and arranged for them to speak with the governor. Once Mr. Ryan granted her access, Ms. Bohman, a lawyer by training, didn't let up — cajoling, advising, pleading, persuading.

To read the whole story, go here.

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