Texas justice icon Joyce Ann Brown has died at 68 years old, after suffering a heart attack and stroke last Tuesday (June 9). Her passing has been confirmed via a statement to NBC given by her daughter, Koquice Spencer. The Dallas native’s death occurred in the morning of Saturday, June 13.
Brown is most notably known for becoming a strong advocate for the wrongfully convicted after her own conviction in 1980 for a crime she did not commit. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly robbing a fur store and killing the owner as a result, an act which was instantly proven to have not been her via an alibi given by her co-workers, who testified that the woman was indeed at work at the time the murder was committed.
These statements went unheeded, however, and the Texas justice icon was sent to jail anyway. After nine years behind bars, her story received so much media attention that she was released. Following the regaining of her freedom, the woman chose to become an advocate for the wrongly convicted, in order for others to have to suffer the same unjust fate that she did prior to her stint in prison.
The Texas justice icon also started a non-profit organization in order to help those freed from prison put the pieces of their lives back together, called MASS (Mothers for the Advancement of Social Systems). Brown also published a book in 1990, entitled Joyce Ann Brown: Justice Denied.
By Chanel van der Woodsen
NBCDFW – Advocate for Wrongly Convicted, Joyce Ann Brown Dies
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