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same-gender-loving contemporary descendant of enslaved africans. community activist, feminist, health educator, independent filmmaker, mentor, playwright, poet & spiritual being. featured at, in & on africana.com, afrikan poetry theatre, angel herald, bejata dot com, bet tonight with tavis smiley, blacklight online, black noir, brooklyn moon cafe, gmhc's barbershop, klmo-fm, lgbt community services center, longmoor productions, nuyorican poets cafe, our corner, poz, pulse, rolling out new york, rush arts gallery, saint veronica's church, schomburg center for research in black culture, sexplorations, the citizen, the new york times, the soundz bar, the trenton times, the village voice, upn news, uzuri, venus, vibe, wbai-fm, wnyc-fm & wqht-fm. volunteered with adodi, bailey house, inc., black men's xchange-new york, colorofchange.org, drug policy alliance, east harlem tutorial program, imagenation film & music festival, presente.org, save darfur coalition, the enough project, the osborne association, the sledge group & your black world. worked on films with maurice jamal & heather murphy. writing student of phil bertelsen & ed bullins. mjt975@msn.com.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Attorney General Schneiderman to introduce Unjust Imprisonment Act

attorney general eric schneiderman announced he will propose legislation to revise section 8-b of the new York state court of claims act. the act presently allows people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime, imprisoned and subsequently had their convictions overturned to present a claim for damages against the state.

scheiderman's newfound initiative, the unjust imprisonment act, would remove unjust and burdensome provisions from current law. These barriers can stop people - falsely convicted and imprisoned - from recovering damages from the state of new York.

adopted in 1984 and updated in 2007, the law, today, negatively impacts people who can prove their innocence, even after pleading guilty. in fact, some of these people falsely confessed. but the attorney general, in the spirit of equality, fairness and justice, wants those erroneously convicted and imprisoned to get restitution by pursuing their claims.

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