SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A wrongfully convicted man has been appointed to a board that advises the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Wilder “Kendric” Berry of Chicago is among members appointed this week to the Adult Advisory Board by Gov. Pat Quinn.
The Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University says Berry went to prison because of a false rape accusation. Released and exonerated, he now works as a paralegal at a Chicago law firm.
The board advises the department on policies and programs effecting people in prison and on parole. Its other members include a suburban police chief, a county sheriff and a probation officer.
Illinois Department of Corrections Director Michael Randle says he welcomes the newly appointed members of the board.