Innocence Blog

NYU Grad Students Launch Multimedia Project in Support of Innocence Project

Posted: May 31, 2013 4:35 pm

by Jordan Spector, Communications Intern
 
Today, a group of NYU graduate students will launch a multimedia campaign promoting the work of the Innocence Project. “Be the Witness” is a multimedia educational project to raise awareness of wrongful convictions and how to address the root causes. The website includes video interviews of exonerees telling their stories. The website also contains a quiz to test your own ability to remember a face and learn how eyewitness misidentifications happen.
 
Eyewitness misidentifications are the leading cause of wrongful convictions. Nearly 75% of the 307 wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA testing involved eyewitness misidentification.
 
Tonight, in celebration of the launch of “Be the Witness”, the students will be hosting an event on Houston and Bowery in New York City where they will premiere a live video installation. The Live Urban Walls video installation will be projected beginning at 9:30 this evening and can also be viewed online at liveurbanwalls.com.
 
More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.
 
Learn more about eyewitness misidentification.