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NEWSLETTER: Feds shut down private prisons after Senior Fellow Seth Freed Wessler's reporting on serious medical neglect; High court upholds Sean Ellis's conviction being overturned; Senior Fellows Karen Coates & Jerry Redfern on Laos & bomb clearance; Our collaboration with Fund for Investigative Journalism on journalism diversity initiative; and more!

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Watch our video! A wedding, an anniversary & a civil rights lawsuit: On the one-year anniversary of his June 15, 2015, exoneration, Angel Echavarría filed a civil rights lawsuit. After 21 years in prison, Echavarría is enjoying spending time with his new wife and five adult children — and he is seeking compensation for his long ordeal. Read more here.

Read the most recent column by the Boston Globe's Yvonne Abraham about Angel Echavarría's ongoing quest for justice, "Now free, Angel Echavarría wants answers," Sept. 4, 2016. Our recap is here: "Can Angel Echavarría reclaim any justice?"

George D. Perrot's 24-year-old rape conviction was overturned Jan. 26 and he was freed Feb. 10. On Feb. 23, prosecutors appealed the judge's decision granting a new trial. The Schuster Institute has been investigating Perrot's claims of innocence since October 2011. Read more about the case.

DIRECTOR NAMED NEW CHAIR OF I.F. STONE MEDAL SELECTION COMMITTEE

Schuster Institute Founding Director Florence Graves has just been named the new chair of the I.F. Stone Medal selection committee. This committee chooses the winner of the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, an award presented annually by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and its Nieman Watchdog Project. Read more here.

FIJ AND SCHUSTER INSTITUTE LAUNCH INITIATIVE FOR DIVERSITY IN SOCIAL JUSTICE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Through a collaboration underwritten by a Ford Foundation grant, we have joined forces with the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) to broaden opportunities for independent investigative reporting by women and journalists of color. Read more.

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