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Texas woman who became advocate for prisoners after being wrongfully convicted dies at 68


DALLAS — A North Texas woman who became an advocate for prisoners after she was freed following a wrongful murder conviction has died.

Joyce Ann Brown died early Saturday morning. She was 68. Her daughter, Koquice Spencer, tells The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1G2noOT ) Brown had suffered a massive heart attack and stroke on Tuesday and was being treated at a Dallas hospital.

Brown spent nearly 10 years in prisons after being convicted in 1980 of murder and aggravated robbery.

She was released after it was revealed prosecutors had failed to inform defense lawyers that a woman who claimed Brown had confessed to her was a convicted perjurer.

After Brown was released, she founded Mothers (Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Systems Inc., a nonprofit group that helps former prison inmates.

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