Marching for Awareness for Wrongful Convictions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2010
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Patricia & Terry Borden
SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL FREEDOM MARCH FOR WRONGLY CONVICTED
NEW YORK—Research by D. Michael Risinger, Professor of Law at Seton Hall indicates that 3.3%-5% of those convicted of crimes are factually innocent. Some have estimated 130,000 to 260,000 American inmates did not commit the crime they've been convicted of. In the last 3 decades over 250 Americans have been exonerated with DNA evidence after spending an average of 12 years incarcerated.
In order to raise public awareness of this national problem, a National Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted is being held simultaneously in many states on October 2nd. The New York march will be held in Poughkeepsie on October 2nd starting on the steps of Dutchess County Courthouse from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, to follow with a march to Waryas Park where there will be speakers and informational materials from 11:00AM to 2:00 PM.
Speakers at the March will include Laura Porter (Director Of Organizing with Equal Justice USA), exonerees Dewey Bozella, Kian Khatibi, Jeffrey Deskovic (an exoneree and Criminal Justice Advocate) and Pamela Booker (wife of a wrongly convicted inmate).
Laura Porter is the Director of Organizing for Equal Justice USA. Her work involves assisting state anti death penalty campaigns with strategy, media and grass roots organizing. Previously, Laura served as Deputy Director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, running a successful campaign in New York preventing reinstatement of the death penalty. Laura is an attorney with twelve years experience in criminal defense and she has extensive experience as a legal correspondent for the media.
Dewey Bozella was wrongfully convicted of murder in Duchess County and served 26 years in prison prior to being proven innocent without the benefit of DNA evidence. In prison, Mr. Bozella earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in theology, developed interests in the theater and became the light heavyweight boxing champion at Sing Sing.
Jeff Deskovic was wrongfully convicted of murder and rape and served 16 years in prison prior to being proven innocent by DNA. Having given over 60 presentations across the country, authored over 150 articles, lobbied many elected officials, testified at 4 different legislative hearings, and given many multi-media interviews, he is now a nationally recognized criminal justice advocate.
Kian Khatibi was wrongfully convicted of assault with a dangerous instrument and served 9 ½ years in prison prior to being proven innocent. He is currently pursuing a BA Degree from NYU, with aspirations of going to law school.
Pam Booker is a Social Worker who has dedicated her life to fighting injustice. In 2005, Pam's personal & professional lives crossed paths when Pam unexpectedly found herself fighting for the life of her husband, Lance and the survival of her family when Lance was arrested for a crime he did not commit.
Please join us at this worthwhile event. More information on the National Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted at www.freedommarchusa.org
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Directions to Courthouse and Waryas Park
Supreme, County & Surrogate's Court
10 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
DIRECTIONS TO COURTHOUSE:
FROM THE NORTH OR THE SOUTH TAKING THE NY STATE THRUWAY
Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 18 (New Paltz). Turn right onto Route 299 to Route 9W. Turn right onto Route 9W South to the Mid Hudson (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) Bridge.
After crossing the bridge to Poughkeepsie, at the third traffic light go left onto Market Street to the Courthouse at 10 Market Street at the corner of Market Street and Main Street. Public parking is available on Market Street.
FROM THE NORTH OR THE SOUTH TAKING THE TACONIC STATE PARKWAY
Exit the Taconic Parkway at Route 55 WEST TO POUGHKEEPSIE. Route 55 merges with Route 44 and Mill Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, and converges to one way three lane highway. Proceed in the left lane to the end. Turn left and at the next intersection turn left onto Market Street to the Courthouse at 10 Market Street at the corner of Market Street and Main Street. Public parking is available on Market Street.
FROM THE EAST TAKING ROUTE 55 TOWARD POUGHKEPSIE
Route 55 merges with Route 44 and Mill Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, and converges to a one way three lane highway. Proceed in the left lane to the end. Turn left and at the next intersection turn left onto Market Street to the Courthouse at 10 Market Street at the corner of Market Street and Main Street. Public parking is available on Market Street.
The Courthouse is shown as the “A” in the green marker in the following map. Waryas Park is shown as the “1” in the yellow marker at the end of Main Street west of the Courthouse.