Clive Stafford Smith’s talk at TEDxExeter 2015
My Father, Mental Illness and the Death Penalty – Clive Stafford Smith at TEDxExeter
In June 2015, Reprieve’s founder and director Clive Stafford Smith spoke at TEDxExeter about his father, mental illness and his experience defending prisoners on death row in the southern Unites States.
About Clive Stafford Smith
Clive is a human rights lawyer and the founder and Director of Reprieve.
Clive has represented over 300 prisoners facing the death penalty in the southern United States. He has only represented people who could not afford a lawyer – he has never been paid by a client – and he prevented the death penalty in all but six cases (a 98% “victory” rate). Few lawyers ever take a case to the US Supreme Court – Clive has taken five, and won every time.
Clive fought for access to the detainees in Guantánamo Bay and was one of the first lawyers allowed inside to defend the men held there. Since then, Clive has helped free 69 prisoners from Guantánamo – more than any other organisation or law firm.
Clive oversees Reprieve’s casework programme, as well as the direct representation of our clients in Guantánamo Bay and on death row.
Reprieve is a small organisation of courageous and committed human rights defenders. We defend people facing the death penalty, detainees in Guantánamo Bay, prisoners held and tortured in secret prisons around the world, and people affected by deadly US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.
Our lawyers and investigators are supported by a community of people from all around the world, connected by a belief in human rights and justice. Together, we fight for the victims of extreme human rights abuses with a combination of public pressure and legal action.