For the past several weeks, many of the men on Texas Death Row have been celebrating the release of their friend Alfred Dewayne Brown. Mr. Brown, a young man who was unjustly incarcerated and severely isolated for over 10 years, was released after phone records were found in a detective’s garage which supported his alibi and severely challenged the already limited evidence against him. Mr. Brown likely would have continued to be incarcerated and ultimately killed by the state of Texas if the D.A. had not ruled that evidence against him was insufficient to warrant a re-trial.They have since re-opened the case to search for the true killer.
Donate here: Fundraiser for Alfred Dewayne Brown
Now, after over 10 years of experiencing the trauma of a wrongful conviction, extreme isolation, loss of basic rights, and the effects of whatever types of violence he may have experienced due to his incarceration, he is a young man trying to recover his life and happiness. I would ask the responsible residents of this country to lend some support to Mr. Brown and the hundreds of other exonorees like him who receive limited help after being released, and often receive no financial assistance. Whether it is a few dollars per person, or at least sharing this fundraiser page, it is the least we can do for someone who has suffered greatly due to a flawed system which almost cost his life. If you are unfamiliar with the amount of exonerations happening in this country, I suggest looking into the statistics The Innocence Project can provide and many other organizations which could be found through an internet search on the subject.
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