Thursday, November 3, 2011

Overflow crowd listens to Steven Barnes tell of being wrongly imprisoned for 20 years

Steven Barnes tell his story.
Over 150 students and members of the public listened to Steven Barnes, wrongly imprisoned for murder and rape for 20 years, tell his moving and unforgettable story on November 2 on campus at Rasmuson Hall 117.  An overflow crowd watched him via livestreaming in RH 110.

Steven was ultimately exonerated through DNA testing obtained by the Innocence Project.  He shared with the audience his experiences in prison and his reintegration into a normal life. Since his release in 2008, Steven has been working with troubled teens and teaches them construction skills. 

The event was cosponsored by the Alaska Innocence Project and the UAA Justice Center.

Click here for the web version of his presentation which was produced by the UAA Journalism and Public Communications Department. 

Media coverage of this event:
"Falsely imprisoned for twenty years, Steve Barnes speaks at UAA" by Grace Hawkins (The Northern Light - UAA Student Newspaper - online November 1, 2011)

"Innocent Man Released After 20 Years In Jail Shares His Story with Alaskans" by Christine Kim, KTUU Channel 2 News, November 2, 2011

 KTUU Channel 2 video (3:33)