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Director of Mississippi Innocence Project to speak at USM Oct. 6

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

A free and public forum regarding the issue of wrongful convictions will be held Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 pm in the International Center auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Tucker Carrington, director of the Mississippi Innocence Project, will answer questions following the screening of a documentary which profiles the experiences of two men – Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks – who were convicted and sent to prison for murders they did not commit in Noxubee County. The conviction of these two men hinged almost exclusively upon pseudo-scientific forensic evidence and expert testimony that has since been widely discredited as fraudulent.

Although they were eventually set free, the experiences of Brewer and Brooks are not unique and illustrate a need to raise awareness regarding the issue of sending truly innocent people to prison – and perhaps even the death chamber – for crimes they did not commit.

For additional information regarding this event, contact Dr. Alan Thompson, associate professor of criminal justice at USM, at: alan.thompson@usm.edu or 601.266.6172.

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