An Exoneree’s Veritas Against Wrongful Convictions

From Exoneree Fernando Bermudez:

NY Exoneree, Fernando Bermudez, visited Harvard Law School April 17, 2014, as part of a Prison Studies Project sociology class entitled, “From Plantations to Prisons”.

Speaking in a packed room to standing ovation, Bermudez discussed his unjust conviction and his struggle against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder while reflecting on his fight to prevent wrongful convictions through best practices and accountability. However, Mr. Bermudez and his wife also consider their social justice work a family affair. “Bringing our children to some of my lectures allows them to better understand the consequences of wrongful convictions while encouraging their work to reduce this human rights problem,” Bermudez says. “Nor does it hurt that exploring colleges and universities with them enhances their future academic options.”

Mr.Bermudez served over 18 years in New York State maximum security prisons following his wrongful conviction in the shooting death of Raymond Blount in 1991. He was found actually innocent based on police and prosecutorial misconduct in late 2009 with assistance from pro bono attorneys from Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York.

5 responses to “An Exoneree’s Veritas Against Wrongful Convictions

  1. Fernando Bermudez, An outstanding article and accomplishment. Your story needs to be shouted out to the world. Your work means so much to all those innocents who are locked up and silenced in the hell-holes of America.

    • Fernando Bermudez, NY Exoneree

      Thank you, Ms. Tilley. Your encouragement means a lot to me as I strive to prevent the very real pain and human destruction of wrongful incarcerations against others in society that also its citizens by not securing justice or apprehending the real perpetrators and holding those responsible, accountable. Please reach out to me if you know of guest speaking venues where I can share this public safety and human rights problem with gusto and the determination of tears that power this passion!

  2. In full agreement with Camille Tilley, my fellow soldier in the fight to right wrongful convictions. When I began trying to raise awareness of wrongful convictions more than 5 years ago, most of my messages fell on deaf ears. Most people didn’t believe that our justice system could make such terrible mistakes. Most didn’t want to think about it. With every exoneration story, the tide of public opinion turns a little more. We all must continue to shout from the rooftops until the truth about wrongful convictions is an accepted fact.

  3. Averell Manes, Ph.D.

    The Prison Industrial Complex in the US today, is no better than the slavery of our past! (“From Plantations to Prisons” is a fascinating sounding class that all Americans should be required to take.) How can we call ourselves a great nation when we incarcerate people of color as a tool to maintain social order? And it does not maintain social order but promotes a lack of freedom and ultimate disorder. We must all fight to free ourselves from this oppressive and criminal system! And we must all fight against inequality in order for us to achieve greatness as a nation! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story Mr. Bermudez.

  4. I applaud you for your strength & perseverance & wish you only the best as your life continues. With the love & support of your family, you will achieve peace. Continue your work for others….you will receive uncountable rewards.

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