Annual Conference

  • 2017 Keynote Speaker: Brian Stolarz

The TCADP 2018 Annual Conference – “Transforming the Landscape” – will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas. Online registration for the conference is now open!  Take advantage of pre-registration rates between now and February 8, 2018. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.


Keynote Speaker: Reverend Sharon Risher
We are honored to announce that Rev. Sharon Risher will serve as our keynote speaker.  Rev. Risher was a staff chaplain and trauma specialist with Parkland Hospital in Dallas from 2012-2016. Her mother, two cousins and childhood friend—Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Tywanza Sanders and Myra Thompson, respectively—were killed along with five others at Emanuel AME Church (“Mother Emanuel”) in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. As our keynote speaker, she will address her experiences with the criminal justice system in the wake of these horrific murders and her longstanding opposition to the death penalty.

Morning Panel: Dallas County Exonorees
More than 30 men have been exonerated in Dallas County for crimes they did not commit. Our morning panel will feature several individuals who were wrongfully convicted and exonerated.  They will discuss transformations they’ve seen with criminal justice reform since their exonerations, as well as improvements that still need to be made to the system.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Christopher Scott was wrongfully convicted of capital murder in 1997 and spent 13 years in prison as an innocent man. After his release, Christopher founded House of Renewed Hope to help exonerate other wrongfully convicted prisoners.
  • Johnnie Lindsey was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison in 1983 and spent 25 years and 11 months behind bars until DNA evidence proved he was innocent. He is now an investigator for House of Renewed Hope and fights for legislative changes regarding the criminal justice system.
  • Johnny Pinchback, who in 2011 became the 22nd person exonerated through DNA testing in Dallas County. He spent 27 years in prison as an innocent man.


Accommodations
TCADP has secured a special rate with the Marriot TownPlace Suites in DeSoto. Please contact the hotel directly at 972-780-9300 (ext. 551) and ask for the TCADP group to book your room by January 26, 2018.

Promotional Materials
Flyers for the conference are available here and here.


For information about past TCADP conferences, please visit the archives page.