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Hayes was born and raised in Harlem and in 1968 became a member of the Black Panther Party. In August of 1971, he was arrested for “acting in concert�? at a murder scene of a policeman. Hayes was sentenced to death, and was one of the five New York State death row inmates awaiting execution at the time of the Supreme Court’s 1972 Furman vs. Georgia decision abolished the death penalty. His sentence was commuted to life with parole. Hayes was paroled in 1991 and since then has become a spokesman against the death penalty. He has spoken at several colleges and universities and is a member of the international abolition organization, Hands Off Cain. Lawrence is the Co-Founder of Campaign To End The Death Penalty. Lawrence has dedicated his life to ending the death penalty and feels that, "Life should be held above death; there is no excuse or reason to kill anyone, anywhere."
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