Chloe Arnold, a first-year Law Student at Oxford Brookes, has been awarded a £1000 Santander grant to take part in the Missouri Capital Sentencing Project.
"I applied because it is quite literally a once in-a-lifetime opportunity and I want to experience the American culture and death row culture first hand."
Chloe Arnold, first-year Law student
This project is organised through the Amicus death penalty charity, which assists in the provision of legal representation for those awaiting capital trial and punishment, as well as raising awareness of potential abuses of defendants' rights.
Chloe was funded by the Oxford Brookes School of Law to attend Amicus's death penalty training in October where she learned about the basic history of legal framework, racism and the death penalty in the US. She also heard real-life stories from recently exonerated death row inmates Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle.
Explaining her passion for the project, Chloe said:
"Advocacy particularly interests me and in America, death row inmates are often disadvantaged or have been the victims of abuse as children. What's more is that often during their trials, defendants of an ethnic minority have faced some form of racism from the police, jurors, prosecutors or even judges. With death penalty cases, many things seem so unjust and 'old-fashioned' in such an advanced country - particularly in the South."
On her initial desire to study Law, Chloe added:
"Law was the only subject I could see myself doing. I find it incredibly interesting how it has such a large role in upholding society."
She will now spend the Summer on secondment in Missouri, where she will gather and analyse empirical data on capital trial and punishment.
You can find out more about the Capital Sentencing project Chloe will be taking part in here: http://www.phillipsblack.org/