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Exonerated Death Row Inmate Anthony Graves Calls For Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

Courtesy Beacon Press

Twenty-six years ago, Anthony Graves was arrested for multiple homicides he did not commit.

There was no physical evidence linking Graves to the crimes, but it took almost two decades to prove his innocence. 

While incarcerated Graves was placed in solitary confinement, sat on Texas' death row for 12 years and faced two execution dates.

He was finally released October 2010 after a hard-fought review of his case. Graves, now in his early 50s, is a resident of Houston and passionate advocate for a "smarter criminal justice system" in Texas and nationwide.

Graves will be in San Antonio on Wednesday as a distinguished speaker for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Incarnate Word.

The free event is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the University of Incarnate Word Concert Hall.  


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