Since the advent of forensic DNA-profiling technology in the late 1980s, the criminal justice system has learned of wrongful convictions on a scale never before imagined. Examination of the innocence cases has also revealed that such injustices are the result of not just individual human failures in anomalous cases, but also systemic flaws that are both recurring and, to some extent, preventable. Using examples of wrongful convictions, this talk will examine some of the flaws that lead to error and some of the ways in which we can improve the criminal justice system to make it more reliable and fair.
Keith Findley cofounded the groundbreaking Wisconsin Innocence Project in 1998 to exonerate innocent prisoners. He is a codirector of the Wisconsin Innocence Project and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He teaches about evidence, wrongful convictions, and criminal procedure. From 2009 to 2014, Findley served as president of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of 68 innocence projects in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, Israel, and Argentina.
|6 p.m. Welcome and registration|
|6:30–7:30 p.m. Program|
|8 p.m. Event concludes|
Light refreshments will be served.
This free event is open to all, but registration is strongly recommended!
Questions? Contact Nancy Powell at 608-308-5104.
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