Race, the Criminal Justice System, and Wrongful Convictions

Location: Navarro
Date: Sat, April 9
Time: 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Every wrongful conviction is a heartbreaking miscarriage of justice. But the statistics do not lie: people of color are drastically overrepresented in the number of wrongful convictions. In an era of mass incarceration, there is current debate by liberal and conservative politicians alike about the implications of racial perceptions on criminal justice policy, leading to a deeper conversation on how we police communities and incarcerate across all crime categories. In addressing wrongful convictions, an examination of race and the criminal justice system are necessary discussions. A panel of Innocence Network staff, academic researchers, criminal justice professionals, and exonerees will talk about the intersection between race in the criminal justice system and wrongful convictions, touching on implicit biases in decision making and policing, stereotype threats, selective enforcement, jury biases, and how we can better move the conversation of race forward in wrongful conviction work.

201: Intermediate