Friday, December 20, 2019

Evidence Based Social Policy Advocacy - Criminal Justice, wrongful convictions.


Is the criminal justice system in the U.S. racist?

Of the 367 exonerees of the Innocence Project since 1989 cleared with DNA evidence:

225, 61% were African American

110, 30% were Caucasian

28, 8% were Latinx

2, 1% were Asian American

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What racial group in the United States is most heavily impacted by wrongful convictions?
Why would this be?

Actions:

  1. Find out how many wrongful convictions have occured in your church's jurisdiction in the last 10 years.
  2. Identify the contributing factors to these wrongful convictions.
  3. Identify remedies for the criminal justice practices in both policing and prosecution to minimize, if not eliminate wrongful convictions in your jurisdiction.


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