Recent stories in the Dallas papers have featured stories of men who have been exonerated due to DNA evidence after they have served long sentences for violent crimes which they did not commit. The book Tested, How Twelve Wrongfully Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope, written by Peyton and Dorothy Budd, is about 12 such men. A number of them will be in McKinney on January 23rd to share their stories at both Sunday services (8:30 and 11:00 AM), and also at a discussion forum between 9:45 and 10:45 the same morning. The combined time these men spent in prison for separate charges is 189 years. Their convictions were overturned by staff attorneys "The Innocence Project". The Innocence Project is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. To date, 265 people have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 death row inmates.
Please join us on Sunday, January 23rd, as we hear these men speak of their time spent in prison while holding onto hope that justice would be served, and explore with them how we, as citizens and people of faith can seek justice in our legal system. For more information, go to www.testedthebook.com .
Did you know that over 250 people so far, serving an average of 13 years each, have been exonerated and released from prison after DNA evidence proved them innocent?