Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
October 27, 2004
Contact: Brandon Dudley, (713) 236-0306

Local leaders to welcome Mr. Ernest Duff, of The Life After Exoneration Project, to Houston in an effort set up support services for the wrongfully incarcerated

(Houston)// -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), The Offices of Representative Rick Noriega (D-Houston) and Representative Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), Mayor Pro-Tem Carol Alvarado, Councilmember Ada Edwards, Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, and the Houston Ministers Against Crime will welcome Mr. Ernest Duff, Executive Director of the Life After Exoneration Project, to Houston for a community meeting Thursday, October 28th from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the Latino Learning Center located at 3522 Polk, in an effort to set up support services for those who have been wrongfully incarcerated in the Houston area.

The Life After Exoneration Program (LAEP, pronounced "leap,") is based in Berkeley, California, and is dedicated to bettering the lives those wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. LAEP specializes in providing assistance to those who have been wrongfully incarcerated through a model of community sponsorship, utilizing various support services and programs to accommodate the difficult transition from a life of wrongful imprisonment to life outside prison walls.

The recent revelation of problems with the Houston crime lab and the cases of individuals such as Josiah Sutton and George Rodriguez highlight the need to establish such services in the Houston area.

WHO:
Mr. Ernest Duff, Executive Director of the Life After Exoneration Project, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), League of United Latin American Citizens, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Representative Senfronia Thompson, Office of Representative Rick Noriega, Office of Representative Jessica Farrar, Mayor Pro-Tem Carol Alvarado, Councilmember Ada Edwards, Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, and the Houston Ministers Against Crime
WHAT:
Community Meeting/Training on services for the wrongfully incarcerated
WHEN:
Thursday, October 28th from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m
WHERE:
Latino Learning Center located at 3522 Polk

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