James McCloskey To Speak on
"Wrongful Convictions" at MCCC Sept. 24


West Windsor, 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 Road.

McCloskey 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.

James McCloskey

Cavit 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 Seminary.

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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