International Wrongful Conviction Day Honored by Local Organization


SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Innocence Project has continued to overturn the wrongful convictions of innocent incarcerated individuals for years. 

To honor in a broader sense this injustice, the group based at UIS, will host one of the dozens events taking place across the globe recognizing International Wrongful Conviction Day. The group's event will host a screening of the recently released documentary, "Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man," Tuesday, October 4th from 6-8:00 p.m. in the Student Life Building at  2380 Theodore Dreiser Lane.

The film depicts Kirk Bloodsworth's life in 1985, where he was sentenced to die in a Maryland penitentiary for the brutal rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. A crime he did not commit. He eventually won his freedom in 1993, making him the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence.

For more information on the event and the Illinois Innocence Project follow the link.

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