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UNI to host free screening of the film 'Conviction'

March 16, 2011
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M. Kimberly MacLin, associate professor, Department of Psychology, 319-273-2302, kim.maclin@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A free screening of the 2010 film "Conviction" will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in 002 Sabin Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The Innocence Project of Iowa, the MacLin Institute for Psychological Science, the American Democracy Project and the UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy will co-sponsor the event.

"Conviction" chronicles the true story of Betty Anne Waters, played by actress Hilary Swank, and her 18-year effort to put herself through college and law school to challenge the wrongful conviction of her older brother, Kenny. Kenny Waters was exonerated in 2001 with assistance from the national Innocence Project after spending more than a third of his life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. 

The Innocence Project of Iowa is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that works to prevent and remedy wrongful convictions in the state through education, systemic reform and remedial casework. The organization was founded in 2007 by a group of attorneys, professors and students. Learn more about the Innocence Project of Iowa at www.iowainnocence.org. 

For more information, contact MacLin at 319-273-2302.