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Wrongly Convicted - Antoine Day

Antoine Day was a budding musician when his life changed. On September 1, 1990, Thomas Peters and James Coleman were shot while shooting craps outside a liquor store. The men were taken to a hospital, where Peters died and Coleman was treated and released for a gunshot wound in the back. Day and a co-defendant were arrested eight days later after Darrell Gurley, a nephew of Peters and witness to the crime, told police they were the shooters. Both were found guilty sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 60 years for murder and 25 years for attempted murder. Today he is the Outreach Coordinator of Prison Reentry at the Howard Area Community Center Employment Resource Center. Antoine, along with Jarrett Adams, recently started the Life After Justice Center reentry program.

Websites: http://lifeafterjustice.org/https://exonereebandlive.com/

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Exoneree - Fernando Bermudez

Fernando Bermudez's life story is a tale of injustice and inspiration. He was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 18 years in prison, sustained by his belief that the truth would prevail. Bermudez was 22 years old when he was convicted in 1991 of murdering a teen outside of a nightclub in New York City. The most damning evidence against him: His photo was misidentified by five teenage witnesses. The youngsters who put him behind bars later recanted their testimony, however, saying that prosecutors and police had pressured them into pinning Bermudez as the killer. There was no evidence to prove such allegations. His legitimate alibi was too little to spare him a sentence of 23 years to life, the bulk of which he served upstate at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill. Now a free man, Bermudez is determined to bring justice to the judicial system that took nearly two decades of his life. "I want the world to know what happened to me so this doesn't happen to anyone else."

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Wrongly Convicted - Antoine Day

Antoine Day was a budding musician when his life changed. On September 1, 1990, Thomas Peters and James Coleman were shot while shooting craps outside a liquor store. The men were taken to a hospital, where Peters died and Coleman was treated and released for a gunshot wound in the back. Day and a co-defendant were arrested eight days later after Darrell Gurley, a nephew of Peters and witness to the crime, told police they were the shooters. Both were found guilty sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 60 years for murder and 25 years for attempted murder. Today he is the Outreach Coordinator of Prison Reentry at the Howard Area Community Center Employment Resource Center. Antoine, along with Jarrett Adams, recently started the Life After Justice Center reentry program.

Websites: http://lifeafterjustice.org/https://exonereebandlive.com/

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Wrongly Convicted - Antoine Day

Antoine Day was a budding musician when his life changed. On September 1, 1990, Thomas Peters and James Coleman were shot while shooting craps outside a liquor store. The men were taken to a hospital, where Peters died and Coleman was treated and released for a gunshot wound in the back. Day and a co-defendant were arrested eight days later after Darrell Gurley, a nephew of Peters and witness to the crime, told police they were the shooters. Both were found guilty sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 60 years for murder and 25 years for attempted murder. Today he is the Outreach Coordinator of Prison Reentry at the Howard Area Community Center Employment Resource Center. Antoine, along with Jarrett Adams, recently started the Life After Justice Center reentry program.

Websites: http://lifeafterjustice.org/https://exonereebandlive.com/

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Advocate - Kathy Morse

Kathy Morse is a former detainee at Rikers Island. New York State oversight agency determined that Rikers is so dangerous, it can no longer be permitted to accept inmate transfers from outside New York City. Kathy is one of several people formerly incarcerated at the troubled complex who tells her story in "Rikers: An American Jail." Kathy missed a court date and was picked up and sent to Rikers. During her stay, she was sexually assaulted by 4 detainees while taking a shower to teach her a lesson. They heard Kathy was a snitch.  Kathy never reported the assault because, in Rikers, correctional officers retaliate against you for reporting abuse or they just ignore your claims of abuse.

Websites: http://rikersfilm.orghttps://www.closerosies.org/indexhttps://vimeo.com/212659765

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9/11 Widow - Terry Strada

Terry Strada is a mother, 9/11 widow, Special Interest Advocate and National Chair for 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism – “the families”. In this role, Terry serves as liaison between the 9/11 families & survivors and the U.S. Congress. From her home in New Jersey, Terry travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, House and Senate leadership offices, as well as the Legislative Directors who are responsible for national security and terrorism legislation. Terry is published on CNN’s Op-ed section of their online news outlet, the Huffington Post, Daily News and The Hill.com. 

Civil/Criminal Forensics Investigator - Paul J. Ciolino

Paul Ciolino was the first and only expert in Homicide Investigation hired by 48 Hours, and CBS News, as an on air personality. Over the past 25 years, he has appeared in hundreds of news program on every major cable and television network in both the United States and Canada. Paul operated as a licensed private investigator in Illinois, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Florida over the course of a thirty five year career, during which he investigated hundreds of murders and other violent felonies. Some of his investigations assisted in the historic emptying of the Illinois death row population in 2003. He is the past president of The National Association of Legal Investigators, past president of The Special Agents Association, and former multi-term board member of The Council of International Investigators.

Website: https://www.pjcinvestigations.com/

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NWDC Resistance Organizer & Founder of Latino Advocacy - Maru Mora Villalpando

Maru Mora Villalpando is an undocumented community organizer with NWDC Resistance, a grassroots volunteer group working to end all detentions and deportations in Washington state, and to shut down the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.  Maru is also the founder of Latino Advocacy, providing bi-lingual statewide community organizing work and trainings primarily focusing on immigrant, racial, and reproductive justice issues. Maru has been targeted by ICE and put on deportation proceedings due to her work to bring to light to the inhumane conditions at NWDC in collaboration with people detained there.

Websites: www.latinoadvocacy.orghttps://www.nwdcresistance.org/

Advocate - Kathy Morse

Kathy Morse is a former detainee at Rikers Island. New York State oversight agency determined that Rikers is so dangerous, it can no longer be permitted to accept inmate transfers from outside New York City. Kathy is one of several people formerly incarcerated at the troubled complex who tells her story in "Rikers: An American Jail." Kathy missed a court date and was picked up and sent to Rikers. During her stay, she was sexually assaulted by 4 detainees while taking a shower to teach her a lesson. They heard Kathy was a snitch.  Kathy never reported the assault because, in Rikers, correctional officers retaliate against you for reporting abuse or they just ignore your claims of abuse.

Websites: http://rikersfilm.orghttps://www.closerosies.org/indexhttps://vimeo.com/212659765

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Author/Psychotherapist - George Mallinckrodt

George Mallinckrodt has been a psychotherapist for 22 years. He started in private practice and eventually gravitated to working in a psychiatric ward, called the Transitional Care Unit, located in the Florida state prison, known as Dade Correctional Institution. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Miami and did his graduate work in counseling at Barry University. The job George had before prison was with the Bertha Abess Children's Center counseling SED (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) and EH (Emotionally Handicapped) middle school children in a dedicated program that necessarily segregated these kids from the general school population. He also is the author of a book, titled: Getting Away with Murder.

Website: http://georgemallinckrodt.com/

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Author/Psychotherapist - George Mallinckrodt

George Mallinckrodt has been a psychotherapist for 22 years. He started in private practice and eventually gravitated to working in a psychiatric ward, called the Transitional Care Unit, located in the Florida state prison, known as Dade Correctional Institution. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Miami and did his graduate work in counseling at Barry University. The job George had before prison was with the Bertha Abess Children's Center counseling SED (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) and EH (Emotionally Handicapped) middle school children in a dedicated program that necessarily segregated these kids from the general school population. He also is the author of a book, titled: Getting Away with Murder.

Website: http://georgemallinckrodt.com/

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Our hosts will be remembering the life and legacy of U.S. Senator John Sidney McCain III. He was first elected to political office on November 2, 1982, easily winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after his well-known war record helped overcome doubts about his "carpetbagger" status. He died on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.

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Director of U.S. Prison Program - Johnny Perez

Johnny Perez is the Director of U.S. Prison Program for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. He adds value, insight, and leadership to existing campaign efforts working to end the torture of solitary confinement, while building the capacity of religious leaders and directly impacted communities to engage in education and advocacy in the United States. Drawing on the wisdom of thirteen years of direct involvement with the criminal justice system, Johnny also works to change unjust policies and practices in the criminal justice system through his participation as a newly appointed member of the NY Advisory Committee to The US Civil Rights Commission.

Website: https://feloniesareforever.com/

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Founder & CEO of Inmates' Lives Matter of Georgia - Tasha Osborn

Tasha Osborn is the founder and CEO of Inmates' Lives Matter of Georgia, Inc.  She is originally from Brooklyn, New York. However, she has lived in Georgia for 11 years.  Inmates’ Lives Matter of Georgia, Inc.'s mission is to serve and support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men, women, and their families. Specifically, they provide advocacy services to individuals who are currently incarcerated. They petition for the improvement of conditions in Georgia’s Correctional Facilities. In addition, Inmates’ Lives Matter of Georgia lobbies for public policy changes to promote the formation of programs within prison’s that will reduce recidivism and improve the quality of life of individuals with long term or life sentences.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1781005438779560/

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Founder of Kalief Browder Foundation - Akeem Browder

Akeem Browder is a social justice advocate and agent of change. The Bronx native works to honor the legacy of his brother (Kalief Browder) and mother (Venida Browder) by working with elected officials, lawyers, doctors, college students, and community based organizations to change laws, policies, and regulations that devastate poor communities and families that have been impacted by mass incarceration and solitary confinement in State prisons. He is the founder of Shut Down Rikers and the Kalief Browder Foundation. A civil engineer by trade, he is currently traveling the country promoting the six-part Spike TV docu-series Time: The Kalief Browder Story. Akeem is running for the mayor of NYC.

Websites: http://www.kaliefbrowderfoundation.comhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80187052

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Advocate - Kathy Morse

Kathy Morse is a former detainee at Rikers Island. New York State oversight agency determined that Rikers is so dangerous, it can no longer be permitted to accept inmate transfers from outside New York City. Kathy is one of several people formerly incarcerated at the troubled complex who tells her story in "Rikers: An American Jail." Kathy missed a court date and was picked up and sent to Rikers. During her stay, she was sexually assaulted by 4 detainees while taking a shower to teach her a lesson. They heard Kathy was a snitch.  Kathy never reported the assault because, in Rikers, correctional officers retaliate against you for reporting abuse or they just ignore your claims of abuse.

Websites: http://rikersfilm.orghttps://www.closerosies.org/indexhttps://vimeo.com/212659765

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Advocate - Kathy Morse

Kathy Morse is a former detainee at Rikers Island. New York State oversight agency determined that Rikers is so dangerous, it can no longer be permitted to accept inmate transfers from outside New York City. Kathy is one of several people formerly incarcerated at the troubled complex who tells her story in "Rikers: An American Jail." Kathy missed a court date and was picked up and sent to Rikers. During her stay, she was sexually assaulted by 4 detainees while taking a shower to teach her a lesson. They heard Kathy was a snitch.  Kathy never reported the assault because, in Rikers, correctional officers retaliate against you for reporting abuse or they just ignore your claims of abuse.

Websites: http://rikersfilm.orghttps://www.closerosies.org/indexhttps://vimeo.com/212659765

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Advocate - Kathy Morse

Kathy Morse is a former detainee at Rikers Island. New York State oversight agency determined that Rikers is so dangerous, it can no longer be permitted to accept inmate transfers from outside New York City. Kathy is one of several people formerly incarcerated at the troubled complex who tells her story in "Rikers: An American Jail." Kathy missed a court date and was picked up and sent to Rikers. During her stay, she was sexually assaulted by 4 detainees while taking a shower to teach her a lesson. They heard Kathy was a snitch.  Kathy never reported the assault because, in Rikers, correctional officers retaliate against you for reporting abuse or they just ignore your claims of abuse.

Websites: http://rikersfilm.orghttps://www.closerosies.org/indexhttps://vimeo.com/212659765

Founder of Prison Lives Matter - Natalie Cohen

Natalie has always had a passion for criminal justice and the law. After a brief service in the Texas Army National Guard, Natalie began her studies at Sam Houston State University in 2014 where she graduated from in December 2017 with a BS in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections. In 2016, she spent some time working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before resigning to pursue other opportunities, including working full time on Prison Lives Matter. Prison Lives Matter’s mission is to raise awareness on the conditions and failures of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and promote positive change through prison reform efforts.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PLMtx/about/?ref=page_internal

Founder of Prison Lives Matter - Natalie Cohen

Natalie has always had a passion for criminal justice and the law. After a brief service in the Texas Army National Guard, Natalie began her studies at Sam Houston State University in 2014 where she graduated from in December 2017 with a BS in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections. In 2016, she spent some time working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before resigning to pursue other opportunities, including working full time on Prison Lives Matter. Prison Lives Matter’s mission is to raise awareness on the conditions and failures of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and promote positive change through prison reform efforts.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PLMtx/about/?ref=page_internal

Founder of Prison Lives Matter - Natalie Cohen

Natalie has always had a passion for criminal justice and the law. After a brief service in the Texas Army National Guard, Natalie began her studies at Sam Houston State University in 2014 where she graduated from in December 2017 with a BS in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections. In 2016, she spent some time working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before resigning to pursue other opportunities, including working full time on Prison Lives Matter. Prison Lives Matter’s mission is to raise awareness on the conditions and failures of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and promote positive change through prison reform efforts.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PLMtx/about/?ref=page_internal

Criminal Justice Reform Activist & Prison Reform Movement Founder - Carole Leonard

Carole Leonard is an Activist /Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform. She is the founder of Prison Reform Movement which was created in 2003. Their mission is to share news, policies and laws focusing on America's Criminal Justice System.  She started her activism with a Yahoo group. Seeing the need for information and support for families of the incarcerated, she moved her platform to Facebook in 2007 and Twitter in 2009. She admins a large Facebook group and a Facebook page. Her followers on social media number close to seventy thousand. She works full time and is also a full time student pursuing degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology.

Website: https://prisonreformmovement.wordpress.com/

Married Interracial Couple - Shelton & Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth and Shelton are a married interracial couple.  Opposites attract: Dairy farmer’s daughter from a small town in Minnesota marries Miami, Florida city boy. They met in college and have 2 children together. They face racism on a daily basis. They live a life where you have make deliberate decisions about where to drive at night (or at all), if your kids should play outside, and when it’s safe to visit a public place.

Retired LAPD Sergeant - Cheryl Dorsey

Cheryl Dorsey is a Los Angeles native. In 1978, she began a career in law enforcement where she worked for the State of California, Department of Justice.  In 1980, Cheryl joined the Los Angeles Police Department. During her twenty year (LAPD) career, she worked exclusively in patrol and specialized units such as traffic, vice and the infamous gang unit known as Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (C.R.A.S.H.) Today, she serves as a speaker, author, community advocate and police expert, educating the public in the areas of police policy and procedures as well as understanding police culture and deciphering police code talk. She has appeared on CNN’s HLN, NewsMax - MidPoint TV, and the Dr. Phil show as a guest police expert. Cheryl is a frequent commentator on KPCC, KGGN, KTYM and contributing writer for LA Progressive and Huffington Post.

Website: https://www.sgtcheryldorsey.com/

Sister of Shawn Dunn - Kristi Dunn Kucera

Kristi Dunn Kucera has more than 25 years of experience in public relations, entertainment marketing, event planning and film production. She has worked for global PR firms including Ketchum Public Relations, Hill and Knowlton and PMK/BNC, and she has worked with and for Fortune 50 companies including Nike, Motorola and Wendy’s International.  Most recently, she has used her skills to promote social justice and has worked on projects with the ACLU, The Brennan Center for Justice and the Human Rights Defense Center. She co-founded the Vox Captae Movement in 2016 with NFL Hall of Famer Richard Dent and Prison Legal News founder Paul Wright to give a voice to the 2.5 million people currently incarcerated in America.

Civil/Criminal Forensics Investigator - Paul J. Ciolino

Paul Ciolino was the first and only expert in Homicide Investigation hired by 48 Hours, and CBS News, as an on air personality. Over the past 25 years, he has appeared in hundreds of news program on every major cable and television network in both the United States and Canada. Paul operated as a licensed private investigator in Illinois, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Florida over the course of a thirty five year career, during which he investigated hundreds of murders and other violent felonies. Some of his investigations assisted in the historic emptying of the Illinois death row population in 2003. He is the past president of The National Association of Legal Investigators, past president of The Special Agents Association, and former multi-term board member of The Council of International Investigators.

Website: https://www.pjcinvestigations.com/

Appellate Attorney - Richard Kammen

Richard Kammen is a practicing criminal defense lawyer with his office in Indianapolis, Indiana. He concentrates his practice in white-collar defense, complex crimes, health care issues as well as death penalty defense. He is a partner at Kammen & Moudy. He graduated from Ripon College cum laude in 1968 and New York University School of Law in 1971. Admitted to the Bar in 1971, he began his practice after service in the United States Army. He presently maintains an active criminal defense practice in both the state and federal courts, acting as both retained and appointed counsel. A frequent speaker and lecturer on criminal defense issues, Mr. Kammen has spoken in almost every state and federal circuit.

Website: https://www.kammenlaw.com/About-Our-Firm/Richard-Kammen.shtml

Wrongly Convicted - Shawn Dunn

In 2008, Shawn Dunn assisted business owners, executives and retirees in protecting their assets and investing wisely for more than 20 years. He specializes in working with those about to retire and retirees using proprietary money management strategies. He has helped hundreds to minimize taxes, protect assets from lawsuits, and manage their investments using a strategic process he developed. The Einstein Portfolio System he designed is an unparalleled solution to the biggest financial challenges facing both pre-retirement investors and retirees today. He is a Certified Financial Planner Licensee and President of Moneyfacts, Inc., an investment management firm serving businesses and individuals throughout the United States.

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