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DATELINE NBC TO AIR FRIDAY SPECIAL ON DECADES-LONG FIGHT BY TWO BROTHERS TO OVERTURN THEIR WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA

“The Long Road to Freedom” Is Part of NBC News’ “Inequality in America” Series

NBC News’ Craig Melvin to Report Friday at 10pm ET/9pm CT

In a special Dateline NBC airing this Friday at 10pm ET/9pm CT, NBC News’ Craig Melvin will report on two Tulsa, Oklahoma brothers fighting for more than 20 years to prove their innocence after they were wrongfully convicted for separate murders.

The one-hour broadcast, The Long Road to Freedom, is part of NBC News’ network-wide series, “Inequality in America.”

To watch a preview of the special, click here.

For the first time on national television, brothers Malcom Scott and Corey Atchison discuss their struggles with the justice system, as well as their pact to help one another get out of prison. The special also features interviews with the lawyers and investigators who worked on the brothers’ cases and Melvin’s interview with former Tulsa District Attorney Tim Harris, who defends his prosecution of Atchison.

The Long Road to Freedom also explores the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, policing in Black neighborhoods, controversies surrounding the criminal justice system and wrongful convictions. The program is produced by Izhar Harpaz and senior producer Paul Ryan.

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Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is in its 28th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy. Airing Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/7p.m. CT, Dateline is the #1 Friday newsmagazine and reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts. Additionally, Dateline closed out 2019 as the #1 Friday newsmagazine across the board. David Corvo is the senior executive producer, and Liz Cole is the executive producer.