McCloskey To Speak on
"Wrongful Convictions" at MCCC Sept. 24
N.J. -- James C. McCloskey, founder and executive director of Centurion
Ministries, Inc., will shed light on wrongful imprisonment in his
lecture, "Convicting the Innocent in America,"
at Mercer County Community College on Thursday, September 24, as
part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series. Free and open to
the public, the talk will take place at 12 noon in the Communication
Building, Room 109, on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton
travels throughout the United States and Canada conducting investigations
of wrongful convictions. Since its founding in 1983, Centurion Ministries
has freed and exonerated 47 innocent people, all of whom have spent
years under false imprisonment either sentenced to death or serving
life imprisonments for crimes they did not commit. Centurion also
assists freed clients to reenter society on a self-reliant basis.
Cooley, MCCC associate professor of Criminal Justice, recommended McCloskey
as a speaker. "The criminal justice system is not without flaws,
as it is comprised of humans and therefore subject to human error,"
he said. "Mr. McCloskey and Centurion Ministries must be commended
for their tireless effort to correct such injustices."
A graduate of Bucknell University, McCloskey served three years as a naval
officer in Japan and Vietnam and subsequently spent 13 years in business,
primarily as an executive for two different international management consulting
firms. He earned a post-graduate degree in international business from
The American Graduate School for International Business. He left the business
world for the ministry in 1979, earning a M.Div. from Princeton Theological
McCloskey officially began the work of Centurion Ministries in 1980 as
a student chaplain at Trenton State Prison. Over the years, he has written
extensively about his experiences battling the individual injustices that
Centurion Ministries has helped overturn. McCloskey is a recipient of
an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
To learn more about the lectures at Mercer County Community College, click
here or call 609-570-3324.
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