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Documentary About Exonerated Death Row Inmate Juan Melendez Shown at Hudson Valley Community College March 31

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Monday, March 22, 2010

"Melendez – 6446," a documentary about the life of Juan Melendez, a migrant farmer who was exonerated after spending 18 years on death row for murder, will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley Community College campus.

A panel discussion led by David Kaczynski, executive director of New Yorkers For Alternatives to the Death Penalty and brother of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, will follow the film.

"Melendez – 6446" tells the story of Melendez's trial and conviction and subsequent exoneration after spending 18 years on Florida's death row. He was released from prison in January 2002.

The event is sponsored by the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Association. For more information, contact Amanda Peppler,, or Adrianne Rickson,

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.