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The Innocence Project is a well-known nonprofit organization whose goal is to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Forty-six percent of its cases involved misapplied forensic science — meaning that a method, technique or analysis was conducted incorrectly. There have been 17 exonerations in Michigan involving misapplied forensic science. Now, in partnership with the Reason Foundation, the Innocence Project is calling for improvements to forensic science and for better transparency and quality control in crime labs. Panelists from the Innocence Project and Reason will discuss how the application of forensic science to criminal prosecutions can be improved by policy change and public education.


Panelists:

Amshula Jayaram is a state policy advocate for the Innocence Project, where she leads state-level campaigns to enact policies and laws that benefit wrongfully convicted individuals, improve public safety and prevent future injustices. Previously, Ms. Jayaram worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and spent a number of a years coordinating the pro bono efforts of private sector law firms.

Lauren Krisai is the director of criminal justice reform at Reason Foundation, a national libertarian, nonprofit organization that publishes Reason Magazine and Reason TV. Her work focuses on a variety of criminal justice policy issues, including sentencing reform, pre-trial reform, drug policy, and more — particularly at the state level. Her work has been cited in a variety of local and state publications as well as The Washington Post and The New York Times. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.


Lunch is free for attendees who RSVP. Please register online here

WHEN: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  11:30 a.m.: Check-in and lunch available
  Noon to 1:00 p.m.: Program with Q&A
WHERE: Radisson at the Capitol
  111 N Grand Ave
  Lansing, MI 48933

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at 989-698-1905 or events@mackinac.org.

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