An anti-death penalty advocate. On May 14, 1985, his grandmother Ruth Pelke was murdered by then-15-year-old Paula Cooper. Paula was later convicted and sentenced to death, making her the youngest person on death row. Pelke was among those who pleaded for her life to be spared. He is the co-founder of the organization Journey of Hope and author of the book, Journey of Hope...From Violence to Healing.
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