Exonerated death row inmate to speak at university in San Antonio
A Texas man who spent 12 years on death row after he was convicted of a murder he didn’t commit will speak about criminal justice reform at the University of the Incarnate Word on Wednesday.
Anthony Graves, now an author and advocate, is the university’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Distinguished Speaker.
Graves was arrested in 1992 and convicted of murdering six people in Somerville, about 90 miles northwest of Houston. In 2006, his sentence was overturned and he was released in 2010.
Since his release, he has created the Anthony Graves Foundation and this year published a book, “Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years on Death Row Failed to Kill My Soul.”
At the university lecture, Graves will speak about “his experiences, the need for meaningful criminal justice reform,” and his work through the foundation, the university said in a news release.
Kevin Vichcales, dean of the college, said that restorative justice is the focus of the school’s Criminal Justice program and “one of today’s most important issues.”
“We want to spark a meaningful dialogue about justice, race relations and building community,” Vichcales said. “Anthony Graves’ case speaks to those issues and to the ideals of equity and impartiality that we expect to have in our criminal justice system.”
Graves will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the UIW Concert Hall, and will sign copies of his book after the lecture, which is free and open to the public.
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