Bestselling author John Grisham has joined the board of directors for Centurion, the Princeton-based nonprofit that works to free innocent people from prison.
His 2019 novel, The Guardians, is about a young Black man named Quincy Miller who is wrongfully convicted in the murder of a lawyer in Florida. For 22 years, Miller languishes in prison, maintaining his innocence. In his desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister. Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time, and takes Miller’s case.
Grisham also wrote the foreword to Centurion founder Jim McCloskey’s recently released memoir, When Truth is All You Have.
“John is a longtime friend and ally. His advocacy on behalf of the innocent in prison raises invaluable awareness of the crisis of wrongful conviction and the need for dramatic reform of the criminal justice system,” Centurion staff wrote in a post about Grisham joining the board of directors.