As a high school junior, Jerome Dixon was arrested by the Oakland Police Department (CA) as a suspect in a murder investigation. Unconnected to the crime, he was questioned without parental notification. After twenty-five hours of police interrogation he was then coerced into signing an incriminating statement. This statement was used against Dixon in a court of law despite the initial judge’s ruling to the contrary and my subsequent denial of having committed this crime. He is known to the State of California as a “term-lifer”. Twenty-one years later at Dixon's 2011 Parole Hearing and after numerous appeals to lawyers, journalists and judicial stewards, the California Prison Parole Board had difficulty comprehending the facts surrounding my incarceration. They acknowledged his claim of innocence and released Dixon from their custody in October 2011.
The event and discussion will cover Dixon's story as an advocate for social reform. California recently passed a bill that will protect minors in custody. Thanks to the work of Dixon and others, the law makes sure minors always talk with an attorney before deciding whether to waive their Miranda rights. Dixon is a motivational speaker hoping to be an inspiration to the students, faculty and staff at SMC with his amazing story and work for human rights & dignity.
Sponsored by the SMC Associates.
If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this event please contact Denise Henninger (firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-434-4497) or Nathalie Laille (email@example.com or 310-434-4299) at least 5 business days in advance.
The Santa Monica College Associates is a community-based support group that brings outstanding speakers, performers, and special events to SMC to enhance student excellence. Associates members receive invitations to special receptions and advance notices of lectures. Annual Associates memberships are entirely tax-deductible. Call 310-434-4100 or visit smc.edu/associates for more information.
SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Rob Rader, Chair; Dr. Louise Jaffe, Vice Chair; Dr. Susan Aminoff; Dr. Nancy Greenstein; Dr. Margaret Quiñones-Perez; Dr. Sion Roy; Barry A. Snell; Joshua Elizondo, Student Trustee; Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D., Superintendent/President
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