Our Case Files: These amazing people each endured an average of 20 years imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. Only a handful of them have received compensation for the injustice they have survived. Read their compelling stories.

Joyce Ann Brown

Dallas, TX

Joyce Ann Brown was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1980 for the robbery and murder of a Dallas, TX fur storeowner. Her conviction was thrown out and she was freed on November 3, 1989. An investigation by Centurion Ministries identified as the murderer another woman with a strong resemblance to Brown, and proved a jailhouse witness lied to convict her. CBS' 60 Minutes aired the story “Joyce Ann Brown Is In Jail” in October 1989.

Joyce founded MASS, an organization that helps formerly incarcerated people find their way.

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