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NC Innocence Commission in the News

North Carolina’s one of a kind Innocence Inquiry Commission is profiled The Atlantic this month. In “Guilty, Then Proven Innocent,” the creation of the Commission, it’s work, and it’s successes are profiled. The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is the first full-time state agency dedicated to investigating post-conviction claims of actual innocence. It’s creation was motivated by the injustice suffered by Darryl Hunt and the hard work of his attorney, Mark Rabil, who is now a Professor at Wake Forest Law and Director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic. The story of Joseph Sledge, the man most recently exonerated by the Commission, is also told. Sledge was sentenced to life in prison in 1978 for the murder of a woman and her daughter. He was exonerated due to new found DNA evidence and the recanting of a “jailhouse snitch” that testified at his trial. Read the full article here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/02/guilty-then-proven-innocent/385313/.

Professor Simmons to Speak on Police Misconduct at Duke University!

The Director of the Wake Forest Law Criminal Justice Program, Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, is scheduled to speak at Duke University School of Law’s “Teach-In: Policing, Civil Rights, and Race” on Saturday, February 14th. The event aims to foster a dialogue regarding issues of police practice, police misconduct, civil rights and race. If you would like to attend and receive lunch, RSVP at: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOYFe065RcILja5.

Eric Holder keynote discussing mass incarceration

On September 23, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the keynote address at the Brennan Center’s Shifting Law Enforcement Goals to ​Reduce Mass Incarceration conference at NYU School of Law. Brennan Center Board member, James E. Johnson, former Undersecretary for the Treasury of Enforcement, gave the introduction.

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