As the drumbeat of DNA exonerations continue to sound across the country, we are reminded of Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic declaration, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Any time we convict an innocent person, a true perpetrator escapes justice. Addressing the systemic issues that contribute to this travesty, innocence projects and law enforcement are increasingly coming together to implement better ways of investigating crime, making sure that our convictions are more reliable and accurate.
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Jewish Social Policy Action Network and the Cheltenham chapter of the NAACP present an evening devoted to discussing better ways of getting convictions right. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, a statewide leader in promoting the ideals of Conviction Integrity in prosecutions, Marissa Bluestine, Legal Director for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project,and Captain Fran Healy, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, will talk about how law enforcement is meeting this new challenge with the help of advocates for the convicted innocent.
The forum will be Tuesday January 22, from 7 – 9 pm in the Commons Great Room of Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania (embed: arcadia.edu). For more information, contact Judith Dalton at Arcadia University – firstname.lastname@example.org.