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Why Are People Pleading Guilty to Crimes They Didn’t Commit?

Posted: Nov 25, 2015 01:51 PM

A marked uptick in the number of exonerations coming out of Houston, Texas, has refocused attention on the role guilty pleas play in generating wrongful convictions, notes Eric Benson in a recent article published by the social action platform
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: Nov 25, 2015 12:20 PM

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New Orleans Public Defenders Ask Judge to Halt New Case Assignments

Posted: Nov 24, 2015 05:20 PM

On Friday New Orleans Deputy District Defender Jee Park asked a judge to stop assigning new criminal cases to the Orleans Parish Defenders Office until their existing caseload is significantly reduced, according to the Times-Picayune. Park told Criminal District Court Judge Arthur Hunter that the city’s public defenders are so overwhelmed with cases that any more would jeopardize the quality of their services and put at risk the constitutional rights of defendants.
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Profile of Exoneree Lewis Fogle Reveals Struggle of Post-Release Life

Posted: Nov 23, 2015 01:04 PM

As the first part of a four-part series, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette released a story yesterday about Innocence Project client and recent exoneree Lewis Fogle and the struggles he’s having adjusting to life after spending 34 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
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Criminal Justice Panel Discusses the State of Rikers Island and the Need for Reform

Posted: Nov 20, 2015 05:10 PM

On Wednesday, The New School held a panel discussion entitled “Rikers Island: Reform It—or Shut It Down?” The event was co-sponsored by JustLeadershipUSA and the Humanities Action Lab at The New School. Given the troubling and notorious history of abuse at Rikers, the discussion probed at arguments for reforming the jail as well as arguments for shutting it down entirely.
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