Streaming documentaries and podcasts have brought public awareness to the fact that men and women are in prison for crimes they did not commit. However, the stories that are told often leave unanswered questions: Why did the mistake happen and what can we do to prevent similar mistakes in the future?
Join The Center for American and International Law for a three hour program (recorded on March 3, 2020) discussing this topic of vital importance to our justice system. We’ll give you a chance to see this problem through the eyes of the people most affected – those who have been wrongfully convicted. An opening session will introduce the common causes of wrongful convictions. It will be presented by prosecutors who work to ensure the integrity of convictions in their offices, as well as defense attorneys who have successfully worked to free people who were wrongfully convicted. The session will be interactive and will address the lingering questions people may have regarding how innocent people can really be convicted.
The centerpiece of the program will be a round table discussion featuring three individuals who spent a total of over 50 years in prison for crimes they did not commit: Richard Miles, Michael Morton, and Anna Vasquez. You will hear their stories, and you will see what is being done to try and prevent future wrongful convictions, and to help those who are currently serving time for crimes they did not commit.
You will also hear from a member of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals who has been instrumental in supporting education about wrongful convictions and actual innocence.
This very special program is intended to help educate members of the public about wrongful convictions and actual innocence. It was funded by a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.
Request to access the recordings is free. You will receive an email with a link to the recorded program within one business day after your registration is confirmed. Please contact Krishonne Johnson if you have any questions.