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Criminal Justice Seminar Class Co-Hosts Screening Nov. 15


By Sheryl E. Taylor

A UHD Freshman Seminar in Criminal Justice & Social Work class is co-hosting an event with the European Union Delegation to the U.S., the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Houston Office, and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (A350).

This event features the first public screening in Houston of the documentary, “True Conviction,” by Jamie Meltzer, followed by a panel discussion. Panel participants include two death row exonerees who are featured in the film; a representative from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany; and Kristin Houlé, Executive Director of TCADP.

Filmed in Dallas, “True Conviction” explores the investigative and philanthropic work of the unlikeliest of teams: exonerees Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey, and Steven Phillips, who collectively spent more than 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. After their exonerations, the three friends formed House of Renewed Hope to help other wrongfully convicted individuals and advocate for criminal justice reforms.

UHD faculty are invited to offer extra credit for students who wish to attend this event. For more information, contact, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Janice Ahmad at Ahmadj@uhd.edu or 713-221-8492.

The event is free and open to the public, please RSVP.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.