October 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Wrongful Conviction Day Features Man Incarcerated for 29 Years, Oct. 1

The Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the newly formed OIP-u unite with dozens of other organizations around the world to commemorate the second annual International Wrongful Conviction Day on Oct. 2, 2015.

Exoneree Raymond Towler

Exoneree Raymond Towler

The Wrongful Conviction Day event at Ohio University features exoneree Raymond Towler, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 29 years and was released in 2010. The event also features Liza Dietrich, an attorney who works for OIP.

The Wrongful Conviction Day event will take place on Thursday October 1, in Bentley 136 from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

This day is dedicated to recognizing those whose lives have been adversely impacted by wrongful conviction and to educating the public on the causes, consequences and complications of wrongful conviction.

Making and Breaking the Law logoThe celebration marks the launch of OIP-u, Ohio’s Collegiate Network of Innocence Advocates. The mission of OIP-u is to support the Ohio Innocence Project in its effort to free the innocent and prevent wrongful conviction by educating the public about its causes and consequences.

OIP-u provides a way for undergraduate and graduate students all over Ohio to come together fight for the freedom of the many innocent men and women incarcerated in this state. OIP-u and the Ohio Innocence Project are holding events at four universities across Ohio with newly formed OIP-u chapters, featuring OIP exonerees Clarence Elkins, Robert McClendon, Towler, Dean Gillispie and Nancy Smith.

The Ohio University event is sponsored by Students for Law, Justice & Culture, the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, the Making and Breaking the Law theme, and the Senate Appropriations Committee. This event is part of the Center for Law Justice & Culture’s “Critical Resistance through Legal Activism” theme.

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