Bozella's presentation, "Wrongfully Convicted: Life Lessons and Reflections After Liberation," is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Wrongful convictions are a growing topic in law and in society, thanks to high-profile instances of prisoners, including those on death row, obtaining their freedom after exculpatory evidence confirms their innocence.
Bozella, denied parole four times, was freed in 2009 after spending more than a quarter-century in New York state prisons. The Innocence Project discovered that prosecutors in his case had withheld evidence at the time of his 1983 conviction that proved his innocence, and that the only evidence against him was given by prison informants who had been granted their release in exchange for their testimony.
ESPN Films drew more attention to his wrongful conviction with a 2012 film titled "26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story," which followed him through his quest to fight one professional fight as a free man. In 2015, a lawsuit Bozella filed against Dutchess County was settled.
While in prison, Bozella obtained his bachelor's degree from Mercy College and his master's degree from New York Theological Seminary, and spent time after his release working at a Newburgh gym teaching boxing and discipline to youths. He published a memoir in 2016, "Stand Tall: Fighting For My Life, Inside and Outside the Ring."
Oswego's public justice department and the fund established by 1974 SUNY Oswego alumnus David F. Cutler sponsor Bozella's appearance. For more information, contact faculty member Jeremy Shifton at 315-312-4206 or [email protected]
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