Reaching Those Who Don't Reach Out: Strategies for Outreach to Underrepresented Incarcerated Groups

Location: Rio Grande East
Date: Sat, April 9
Time: 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Many innocence organizations find clients through prisoners' outreach to the organization. Such an intake system appears to best serve a particular kind of innocent prisoner: one who believes that someone would care if they understood, and one who has the capacity and ability to write letters and fill out questionnaires. What about the others? This session will discuss ways innocence organizations can reach these other innocent individuals, with a focus on reaching out to American Indians and Latinos. Presenters from three Innocence Network organizations will discuss their projects' outreach to linguistic and/or cultural minorities. Design of outreach programs, the securing of a grant for such work, and an honest discussion of risks and benefits and lessons learned from engaging in such outreach will be featured in the discussion. A portion of the presentation will also be dedicated to learning to identify translation and interpretation errors in Spanish-language cases.

201: Intermediate