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Recidivism coalition’s fund-raiser Friday

Michael Sweig

Michael Sweig

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Updated: November 12, 2012 11:36AM

WAUKEGAN — A former lawyer who has dedicated his life to helping people overcome criminal records and a man who was exonerated after spending 32 years in Illinois prisons for a crime he didn’t commit will speak at the ninth annual fund-raising luncheon of the Coalition to Reduce Recidivism.

The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Ramada Inn, 200 N. Green Bay Road.

Keynote speaker is Michael Sweig, who pleaded guilty to a felony in 1999, and founded the Colorado-based Institute for People with Criminal Records . He also is an affiliate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State College, Denver.

Guest speaker Andre Davis, 51, who was released from the downstate Tamms Correctional Center on July 6 after serving 32 years on a wrongful conviction for a 1980 rape and murder, will talk about his experience and the help he received from the Center on Wrongful Convictions. Davis is currently living in Chicago and enrolled in construction trades and computer courses.

The coalition works to assist people with criminal records in becoming productive members of the community.

Individual tickets to the event are $40. For more information, call (847) 244-4900 or email

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