"Writ Writer: One Man's Journey for Justice": Documentary and Q&A with Filmmaker Susanne Mason
April 11, 5-6:30 p.m., Fleck Hall, Room 305Writ Writer tells the inspiring story of Fred Arispe Cruz's efforts to improve Texas prisons by writing his own writs of habeas corpus from behind bars. This is a story about a "self-taught jailhouse lawyer...who challenged the constitutionality of prison conditions in Texas in the 1960s, and launched the state's prisoners' rights movement. The film uses narration adapted from prison diaries, letters, legal pleadings, and courtroom testimony" to show how Cruz suffered numerous trips to solitary confinement simply for writing habeas writs that required the government provide valid reasons to deprive people of their liberty by putting them in prison. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Leadership. Free and open to the public.
For more info, contact: Kate Rosati, 512-464-8871