Wrongful Convictions Film and Book Series – 10/17/18

3:30-5:00pm
Newkirk Alumni Center

Book Celebration
Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction

In Rectify, a former Innocence Project director and journalist Lara Bazelon puts a face to the growing number of men and women exonerated from crimes that kept them behind bars for years—sometimes decades—and that devastate not only the exonerees but also their families, the crime victims who mistakenly identified them as perpetrators, the jurors who convicted them, and the prosecutors who realized too late that they helped convict an innocent person.

Speakers:
Lara Bazelon, author
Maurice Possley, National Registry of Exonerations
Christy Lucas Sheppard, victim relative
Bill Richards, exonerated after 23 years in prison

Books will be available for purchase.

Learn more about Lara Bazelon and Rectify
Register to attend

6:00-8:00pm
McCormick Screening Room
1070 Humanities Gateway

Film Presentation
Crown Heights

Director: Matt Ruskin
Cast: Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Nnamdi  Asomugha,
Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell
Production year: 2017     Rating: R
Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian..

A black teen is wrongly convicted of murder in Brooklyn, and spends the next 20 years in prison as his best friend works tirelessly to exonerate him. Based on true events.

Opening remarks:
Janet Wilson, Director of Special Projects, UCI Strategic Communications & Public Affairs. Covered Crown Heights protests for New York Daily News and was named a Harvard fellow for her coverage of juvenile homicides and incarceration in Detroit.
Q&A:
Matt Ruskin, Director of Crown Heights

See LA Times story on Crown Heights

National Registry of Exonerations tops 20,000 years of wrongful convictions

In August 2018, the National Registry of Exonerations passed a milestone:
The number of “years lost” that exonerated defendants spent in prison for crimes they did not commit exceeded 20,000.

See Registry’s full report of the milestone here

See Washington Post Opinion by Radley Balko here

The Registry is a project of the University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society,  University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law.