Have you or a loved one been touched in some way by the criminal justice system and been changed by that experience? Do you wonder if the Criminal Justice system is truly just? Have you seen the 2019 film Just Mercy, or read Bryan Stevenson’s memoir upon which it is based? Or perhaps you are intrigued by the trailer for the new Netflix Series The Innocence Files?

Join us for a virtual presentation by the West Virginia Innocence Project beginning at 7:00 PM on Monday April 20 with Q&A to follow. The West Virginia Innocence Project aims to serve and to free people who are in prison for crimes they did not commit. They work to fix the problems that lead to wrongful convictions in our justice system, and focus on those issues important to the people of West Virginia. Only by looking at the causes of wrongful imprisonment can they help their clients, and help end the cycle.

This virtual event is open to all library patrons, using Zoom, a user-friendly conferencing platform. Participants can choose to connect online for both audio and visual or just via phone (for audio only) depending on your comfort level and internet availability.

Participants must to register by noon April 20 with an email address that can receive an emailed invitation.


Note: The WVU Innocence Project’s presentation was originally scheduled as a Beyond the Book Club activity, done in conjunction with the reading and discussion of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. If you’d like to join the book discussion portion of the evening, and are not currently on the Beyond the Book email list, please email Megan Mahoney at mmahoney@mcpls.net⁠