David Kaczynski is the former executive director of New Yorkers For Alternatives to theÂ Death Penalty (NYADP) and the brother of Theodore Kaczynski - the so-called Unabomber - who was arrested in 1996 after David and his wife LindaÂ approached the FBI with their suspicions that Theodore might be involved in a series of bombings that caused three deaths and numerous injuries over 17 years. Despite his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, Theodore was charged capitally and only avoided the death penalty after his family waged a two-year campaign to convince the US Justice Department that Theodore's delusions had precipitated his violent behavior.
After leading a successful statewide campaign to end New York's flawed and ineffective capital punishment system, David has focused his organization's work on promoting community initiatives that address the root causes of violence and that provide meaningful assistance to those directly affected. Prior to joining NYADP, David was assistant director of the Equinox shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Albany, where he counseled and advocated for troubled, neglected and abused youth in the Capital District. Through his life and his work, David has sought solutions to human problems through understanding and compassion as opposed to violence and coercion.
The death penalty epitomizes what is wrong with the current criminal justice system, which is primarily reactive and punitive, but seldom preventive and healing. Mr. Kaczynski will outline a vision that guides NYADP's post-abolition advocacy, which seeks to unite criminal justice stakeholders - victims, offenders, members of law enforcement, community activists, and mental health advocates - around their common ground interest in promoting public safety, human dignity, and community empowerment. Using illustrations from his personal family story and from the arc of NYADP's work, he will discuss the organization's strategy of reframing society's responses to crime and violence within a more effective and hopeful criminal justice paradigm.
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