Discussion of the need for adopting a model of restorative justice in wrongful conviction cases as part of legislative efforts towards criminal justice reform and community healing.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
12:15 p.m., Check-in
12:30 – 1:45 p.m., Program
Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street
Pizza will be provided.
Introduction by Bruce Green, Louis Stein Chair of Law; Director, Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics
Sponsor: Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics
Co-sponsors: Feerick Center for Social Justice; Leitner Center for International Law and Justice; Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work; Stein Scholars Program; Advocates for the Incarcerated; Fordham Law Defender
Lara Bazelon is a writer and associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she is the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics. In Rectify, a former Innocence Project director and journalist Lara Bazelon puts a face to the growing number of men and women exonerated from crimes that kept them behind bars for years—sometimes decades—and that devastate not only the exonerees but also their families, the crime victims who mistakenly identified them as perpetrators, the jurors who convicted them, and the prosecutors who realized too late that they helped convict an innocent person. Movingly written and vigorously researched, Rectify takes to task the far-reaching failures of our criminal justice system and offers a window into a future where the power it yields can be used in pursuit of healing and unity rather than punishment and blame.