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Penn State Wilkes-Barre to Host Forum on Wrongful Convictions

10/14/2010 —

On Tuesday, October 26, the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Administration of Justice faculty in conjunction with the Students for Justice Club will host a presentation titled “Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations in Pennsylvania.”  The presentation will take place at 12 p.m. in the Barry Auditorium, room 103, of the Academic Commons on campus.

The presentation features Bill Babcock, coordinator of the Philadelphia, Pa. Community Courts and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

The national Innocence Project has documented more than 250 post-conviction DNA exonerations; nine of those being wrongfully convicted Pennsylvanians.  To further the work of this organization, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project was established in April 2009 to exonerate, release, and restore to society those who are innocent and have been wrongly convicted; provide clinical training and experience for students in criminal justice and related fields; work with law enforcement and the courts to address wrongful convictions; and educate the public to improve Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.

Babcock’s presentation will discuss the Project’s experiences and successes here in Pennsylvania.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

For more information, please contact Melissa Gunshannon, Public Information Coordinator at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, at melissag@psu.edu or 570-675-9269.  To RSVP, please contact Marshall R. Davis, Administration of Justice Program Coordinator, at mrd16@psu.edu or 570-675-9216.

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