After serving 25 years for a crime he did not commit, an exonerated man tells his story
On Louisiana Considered, we hear the story of Cedric Dent, who was recently released from prison after a wrongful conviction kept him behind bars for a quarter-century. We also learn more about Court Appointed Special Advocates – or CASAs – and why Louisiana is currently facing a shortage of these volunteers. This segment of Louisiana Considered aired on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. To listen to the full episode, click the play button above.
On August 8, the state of Louisiana moved to vacate Cedric Dent’s conviction after he spent 25 years in prison for a fatal shooting he did not commit. Mr. Dent had been convicted of the murder of Anthony A. Milton in 1997, but the verdict was decided by a non-unanimous jury, which has since been deemed unconstitutional.
Cedric Dent, his mother Earline Brooks Colbert, and member of his legal team Meredith Angelsen, who is the director of Special Projects at the Innocence Project New Orleans, join us for more on this case, wrongful convictions, and the importance of getting innocent people out of the prison system.
CASAs, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers from the community who are trained to represent the interests of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. But right now, CASA faces a volunteer shortage at a time when the need is the greatest.
Capital Area CASA executive director Allison Traxler and program manager Jacqueline Wilson tell us more about the importance of this program and how community members can get involved.
Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh.
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