- The Honorable Joe StrausSpeaker of the House,Texas House of Representatives, Room CAP 2W.13, Capitol, Austin, TX 78768
- Representative Tyron D. LewisChair, House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
- Representative Jessica FarrarVice Chair, House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
83rd Legislature Support Senate Bill: SB110
Support: SB110 - Relating to eligibility to file for compensation by persons wrongfully imprisoned. (Authored by: Senator Royce West (TX)
Texas current law time-bars Joyce Ann Brown from seeking restitution.
Facebook: Joyce Ann Brown
- Speaker of the House,Texas House of Representatives, Room CAP 2W.13, Capitol, Austin, TX 78768
The Honorable Joe Straus
- Chair, House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Representative Tyron D. Lewis
- Vice Chair, House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Representative Jessica Farrar
- Lt. Governor of Texas
May 6, 1980, a robbery and murder was committed. Accused, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison for a murder she did not commit was the beginning of a nine-year nightmare for Joyce Ann Brown. Joyce began serving time in the Texas Department of Corrections. Joyce never gave up even with the tragic death of her son Lee Jr. With the help of Jim McCloskey and Centurion Ministries, continuing support of her court appointed attorney Kerry Fitzgerald, and national media exposure from 60 Minutes (CBS); on Valentine’s Day, 1990, the charges were dropped and Joyce Ann Brown was freed! This judicial scare belongs to yesterday's Texas lawmakers.
In 1993, Ms. Brown founded Mothers (Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Systems Inc. (MASS, Inc.), a 501(C) (3) organization effectively providing community-based programs to those least likely to obtain help elsewhere. The vision to build an organization on the cornerstone of Justice and Equality began when Joyce Ann Brown was released from prison. Her initial goal was simply to nurture change in an inequitable judicial system by supporting the wrongfully convicted. However, her passion to support others who had lost their voice in the community soon led her to expand the mission of the organization to include: helping those being released from prison readjust to life without bars and become productive law-abiding citizens; providing support for children and families of adult offenders who are themselves at high risk of continuing the cycle of crime and poverty; improving economic opportunity by promoting educational achievement, job development and housing availability and public advocacy of the Innocence in Prison programs.
October 2009, Ms. Brown was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives with a Congressional Record honoring her 20 years of Freedom and Fighting for Justice. August 2005, under the leadership of Ms. Brown, MASS began immediately helping Hurricane Katrina Evacuees, bypassing FEMA red tape and oftentimes senseless policy for how to distribute housing and funding allowances. Moreover, MASS continues to monitor and serve 170 of 350 Katrina victims serviced in 2005. It is MASS policy to continue to be a resource for all MASS clients. Ms. Brown has testified before Congress addressing Katrina Victim issues. Today, she supports and works closely with the Center on Wrongful Convictions Women’s Project, Bluhm Legal Clinic Northwestern Law.
It is Ms. Brown's hope that today’s Texas legislature will support SB110. By supporting SB110, the state of Texas takes a legal step forward to correct its current law by acknowledging that an individual should not be time-barred and or denied the right to seek compensation when wrongfully imprisoned in the state of Texas.
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