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Innocence Summit 2014

INNOCENCE SUMMIT 2014 

  • Theme: Setting the Agenda for Prosecutor Reform
  • Featuring:
    • Jim Petro, former attorney general of Ohio
    • Angela Davis, American University law professor, former director of the DC Public Defender Service
    • Radley Balko, Washington Post criminal justice reporter
  • See general info, Summit schedule, and hotel reservation information.

Space is limited, register now!   register here

REGISTRY OF PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT

REPORTS

PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYCPI Survey Equal Tx Under Law

FILE AN ETHICS COMPLAINT — more information hereComplaint

  1. Look up your state’s lawyer disciplinary agency
  2. Review the ethics rules
  3. Write-up the complaint
  4. Publicize your ethics complaint
  5. Follow-up

LEGISLATION

OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM NEEDS TO…

1. Preserve the presumption of innocenceThe Innocence Quilt

2. Restore equal treatment under the law

  • Sentencing: “On average, blacks receive almost 10% longer sentences than comparable whites arrested for the same crimes.”
  • Males were “consistently treated more severely at every stage of the prosecution process, particularly regarding the decision to prosecute, even when controlling for other variables”

3. Bring an end to wrongful convictions

  • Exonerated Man43% of all wrongful convictions arise from misconduct by the prosecutor or other officials (NRE, Table 11)
  • 15% of men convicted of rape in Virginia were wrongfully convicted, based on post-conviction DNA analysis (Urban Institute, page 6)
  • Over-criminalization of our legal system has led to unnecessary prosecutions and wrongful convictions