The University of Central Oklahoma’s American Democracy Project will host a debate over the death penalty, with a banquet to follow.

Debaters will cover topics like the Oklahoma Justice Commission’s call for reforms to the criminal justice system, the public’s perceived legitimacy of the reforms and the abolition of the death penalty. The banquet will feature guest speaker Rob Warden, executive director and co-founder of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law.

Because the state’s execution laws are being examined, this debate could potentially delay lethal injections for Oklahoma death row inmates.

The debate will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Nigh University Center’s Constitution Hall on the UCO campus, 100 N. University Drive in Edmond. The banquet will follow at 6 p.m. in the center’s Ballrooms A and B. The debate is free and open to the public. Tickets for the banquet are $15 for students and $50 for non-students.

For reservations, call 948-1645 or visit For more information about the ADP, visit — Gazette staff

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