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Wrongful Convictions Don’t Really Happen (Right?)

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Let’s face it: most of us don’t want to believe that wrongful convictions really happen.  And, if they do happen we tell ourselves that they must only happen very very rarely. This is why it is so important that we pay attention to the stories of exonerees – those who are living proof of the woeful challenges facing our criminal… Read more »

Criminal Justice Reform Requires Mercy (Not Merely Money)

When it comes to criminal justice reform- #CJReform – if we only talk about “expenses” and “costs” in terms of tax dollars, spending and saving, then we have really already missed the point and set ourselves up for failure.  Like so many other issues, the starting point must be people.  We have to start by talking about individuals, the real… Read more »

If We Only Defended The Popular, Pretty & Preferred

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Justice would be without meaning if it only defended the popular, pretty, and preferred of our society. The real test of any principle is when it must be applied to those we deem unworthy, undesirable, and unliked… Those despised among us. We cannot be hypocrites- we must extend the protections of our laws to all defendants alike. Period. “Only by… Read more »

Our Starting Point Must Always Be The Individual (Not The State)

Our country and our judicial system were founded upon the crucial notion that the rights of the individual must always be protected against the monstrous powers of the State.  This cannot be forgotten as we move towards substantive criminal justice reform. Our starting point must always be the individual, not the State.   When someone is wrongfully convicted it’s (by… Read more »

Few Are They More In Need Of Advocacy Than Those Wrongly Imprisoned

We all have our causes, right?  We all have something we think to be the most (or among the most) important issues we face.  The wrongful conviction, mass incarceration, and general criminal justice reform issues that plague this country and this generation are at the forefront of my social consciousness. Criminal justice reform is one of the most important issues… Read more »

To Share the Action and Passion of Our Time

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I’ve been reading a history of the Supreme Court and this quote I came across has really stuck with me. Life is action and passion.  I think it is required of a man that he should share the action and passion of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.  – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.  (Justice of… Read more »

Our Criminal Justice System Makes Mistakes (Too Often)

I no longer can support the State with the power of life and death when wrongful conviction case after wrongful conviction case have shown just how often the justice system gets it wrong. I’m voting to end the Death Penalty in my state.  Here’s more explanation. Personally, I’m not opposed to the death penalty per se, philosophically or religiously.  I’m… Read more »

I’m Voting YES to End the Death Penalty in California (After Years of Supporting It)

“As of October 2015, we have executed over 1,414 individuals in this country since 1976. 156 individuals have been exonerated from death row – that is, found to be innocent and released – since 1973.  In other words, for every 10 people who have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S., one person has been set… Read more »

Wrongful Convictions on Instagram

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We’ve started a new Instagram profile that focuses on raising awareness on the issue of wrongful convictions.  You can find and follow here: Wrongful Convictions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wrongful_convictions/ In addition to this new Instagram page, we wanted to share with you some of the podcasts we’ve been listening to lately.  These are truly excellent podcasts and have provided hours of… Read more »

Wrongful Conviction: Version 3.0 – The Adnan Syed Story

Recently while at work I had a discussion with someone about the Making A Murderer documentary.  She was very well versed in the story and seemed very intrigued by the topic, so I recommended to her that she look into another riveting documentary detailing wrongful convictions: Paradise Lost, the story of the West Memphis Three.  She then in turn recommended… Read more »