Exonerees Present at the Innocence Conference 2017

This is not just a list. You will get little out of it. Rather, as you watch, think about these people, their families and loved ones, and the years taken away by the criminal justice system. Let the full weight bear down on you. Let the realization grip you that you cannot sit idly by and let this continue.

 

For more on the conference, click hereExonerees Present at the Innocence Conference 2017

Role of the Press - Two Edged Sword

The press is often, and rightly so, credited with exposing wrongful convictions.

Unfortunately, they also have been used to promote the prosecutor's views and have unwittedly been involved in encouraging wrongful convictions.

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Read this study published by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Guggenheim Foundation.

The Media's Role in Wrongful Convictions:
How 'mob journalism' and media 'tunnel vision' turn journalists into tools of the prosecution
Three Case Studies

Do It Yourself Investigating

Do you have to be a "professional" investigator to have and impact on a wrongful conviction case?

After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets the real murderer to come forward with his story. In the end, he's able to accomplish all sorts of things the police and the professionals can't.

 

Podcasts

Forensics

Listen to the briefing of the Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States by the National Academy of Sciences. Requires Real Player

 

Investigations - their nature

Do you have to be a "professional" investigator to have and impact on a wrongful conviction case?

After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets the real murderer to come forward with his story. In the end, he's able to accomplish all sorts of things the police and the professionals can't.