Innocent People in Prison: How do They Get There and How do They Get Out?

Date: 
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia One South Broad Street, Suite 2M
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Today, with roughly 2.2 million people behind bars in the United States, an increase of 1.9 million since 1972, the need for criminal justice reform seems to be in the headlines more and more.

But the topic of criminal justice reform is a heated one. The issues are many—from how to better police our cities and neighborhoods to whether mandatory minimum sentencing is effective; from how to enact successful rehabilitation programs to how best to reduce incarceration and crime at the same time. It’s no wonder the debate over criminal justice reform is polarizing.

To choose only one of the many topics, the Council’s Young Friends Program Series is hosting an event about cases where innocent people have been convicted of crimes they did not commit and how the criminal justice system is responding. While this is just one aspect of the criminal justice system, it is one that affects the lives of people across the country who have been wrongly convicted.

Join the Council to learn about how these cases are identified, the obstacles in freeing convicted innocent people, and ways the criminal justice system as a whole is responding to prevent these injustices from occurring. Participating in the discussion is Marissa Boyers Bluestine, Executive Director of the PA Innocence Project and one of the clients of the PA Innocence Project, and The Honorable Theodore McKee, a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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