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Mark Schand is a life-long NY Yankees fan who served 27 years in a Massachusetts prison before Centurion brought him home on October 4, 2013. On that day, the Hampden County MA District Attorney dismissed all charges against Mark stemming from a 1986 Springfield, MA murder he did not commit. Awaiting Mark was Mia (pictured above), his wife of 27 years, and their three sons, now all grown men with their own families….

Mark Schand is a life-long NY Yankees fan who served 27 years in a Massachusetts prison before Centurion brought him home on October 4, 2013. On that day, the Hampden County MA District Attorney dismissed all charges against Mark stemming from a 1986 Springfield, MA murder he did not commit. Awaiting Mark was Mia (pictured above), his wife of 27 years, and their three sons, now all grown men with their own families….

Read the full story and other updates: June 2019 – Issue Fourteen


Clarence Brandley died September of this year at the age of 66. Centurion’s founder, Jim McCloskey, called him “one of the bravest men I’ve known” because of the strength he exemplified in the face of an impending death sentence. It was this fortitude that inspired Clarence’s Centurion-led team to fight to stop his execution.

Read the full story and other updates: November 2018 – Issue Thirteen


Earlier this spring, Centurion’s effort to exonerate Ralph Lee ended with powerful results that could impact wrongfully imprisoned individuals throughout the state. In addition to the charges against Mr. Lee and co-defendant, Eric Kelley, being dismissed, the prosecution’s handling of the case was so disturbing it could not be ignored, prompting Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to act decisively.

Read the full story and other updates: June 2018 – Issue Twelve


On his first weekend out of prison, Michael Shannon attended a nearly round-the-clock family barbecue at his childhood home in New Orleans. It rained those days, but that didn’t bring Michael down one bit. “I went out and played in the rain like a little kid,” he said…

Read the full story and other updates: November 2017 – Issue Eleven


E-News!

 
 

Hello and Happy Holidays!

I’m writing to share some important personal news. In January 2020, I will be stepping aside as Centurion’s Executive Director. We hired our Deputy Executive Director/Development Officer, Corey Waldron, 18 months ago, and we have been working together to prepare her to take over the role of Executive Director. While we had no formal timeline in place for the transition when we hired her, both the Board and I agree that she is ready to take Centurion into the next phase.

I will remain on Centurion’s team, as a partner and mentor for Corey, while I work more closely with our Case Development team and Legal Director, Paul Casteleiro. While I have enjoyed being Centurion’s Executive Director, I am excited to return to case work and the exonerees – those are the two aspects of Centurion’s work that really make my heart beat fast…and I’m really good at them.

Thank you for supporting Centurion. We are doing some of our best work ever, and that is in part because of your support and encouragement. We are so grateful for your belief in us – it drives us forward and gives hope to the innocent men and women we support.

Onward!

Kate Germond

Executive Director

 
 
 

Jim McCloskey is The Guardian!

Centurion’s friend John Grisham released his latest book, The Guardians, yesterday! The main character, Cullen Post, is based on our very own Jim McCloskey! The innocence movement is very lucky to have Mr. Grisham as an ally in our work, shining a light on the crisis of wrongful convictions that send innocent men and women to prison for decades. We hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Guardians!

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