Former Florida death row inmate turned activist talks to college students

Former Florida death row inmate turned human rights activist Juan Roberto Melendez will be speaking this week at Eckerd College in Florida.

Melendez spent nearly 18 years on Florida's death row for a crime he was later cleared of. He now travels the country talking about the problems he feels plague the death penalty system, including discrimination based on race and ethnicity. He became the 99th death row prisoner to be released with evidence that he was innocent since 1973.

The discussion is free and open to the public at Eckered College in St. Petersburg Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Fox Hall. Melendez will be joined by Mark Eliot, the director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

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