press release


Exonerated death row inmate to speak at Western Oregon University

for release: April 11 , 2010

MONMOUTH – Juan Melendez-Colon, who was exonerated and released from Florida's Death Row after serving more than 17 years for a crime he did not commit, will speak at Western Oregon University on Wednesday, April 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Werner University Center Calapooia Room.

Melendez-Colon has spoken all over the United States and in many foreign counties on behalf of Witness to Innocence. Witness to Innocence is the nation's only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones. These individuals are actively engaged in the struggle to end the death penalty, challenging the American public to grapple with the problem of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. Juan Melendez-Colon's visit to Oregon is also supported by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Emily Plec, at or (503) 838-8819. For disability accommodation, please call (503) 838-8250. The Communication Studies Department and Communication Club sponsor the event.

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