News 09.06.07

Florida students get a first-hand account of wrongful conviction

Incoming freshman at the New College of Florida were asked this summer to read The Exonerated, the play by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen about the lives of people freed from death row based on evidence of innocence. Students discussed the book during orientation, and tonight they will have the opportunity to meet New York exoneree John Restivo.

Restivo, who lives in Florida, will tell students about the 16 years he spent in prison for a 1984 murder he didn’t commit and his life since he was exonerated. Read more about the New College program here, and contact us for materials to host a teach-in at your university on the causes of wrongful conviction and necessary criminal justice reforms.

Read more about John Restivo’s case here


The Exonerated has been seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world and is now a Court TV film, available on DVD.

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