FCC Welcomes Innocence Project Speaker on Sept. 10


On Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m., Frederick County Public Libraries and Frederick Community College will welcome Michael Austin to the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater. In 1975, at the age of 26, Austin was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for crimes he did not commit. After 27 years in prison, he was released in 2001 when a judge overturned his conviction. During his presentation, Austin will share his experience in the Maryland State prison system.
This program is coordinated through The Innocence Project and is part of Frederick County Public Libraries’ One Maryland One Book outreach. One Maryland One Book is a statewide program that strives to unite Marylanders of diverse backgrounds through the shared experience of reading the same book. This year’s book is Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin and is a gripping work of nonfiction that explores a historical milestone in criminal justice that took place in Maryland and would eventually lead to the exoneration of hundreds of others who had been wrongfully accused.
Throughout the fall, Frederick County Public Libraries will host events related to the theme of justice, including a visit from the Bloodsworth’s  author to Frederick Community College on October 1. For additional information, please visit