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Criminal Justice & Psychology, RIT College of Liberal Arts
2012 New York State Wrongful Convictions Conference
Friday, April 20, 2012


RIT Department of Criminal Justice

RIT College of Liberal Arts

RIT Department of Psychology

New York State Defenders Association

The Innocence Project


Steven Barnes

Jennifer Dysart, PhD.
Associate Professor of Psychology, John Jay College

Bennett Gershman, JD
Professor of Law, Pace School of Law

Saul Kassin, PhD.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, John Jay College

Peter Neufeld, JD
Co-Founder and Co-Director, Innocence Project

Karen Newirth, JD
Eyewitness Identification Litigation Fellow, Innocence Project

Hon. Eugene F. Pigott
Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals


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Justice Miscarried: Convicting the Innocent

Causes, Consequences, and Remedies

This one-day conference will be organized around a central question: What can be done to reduce wrongful convictions? The conference will feature provocative and challenging presentations by experts in false confessions, eyewitness identifications, litigation issues, as well as a first-hand account from an exoneree.

The objectives of this conference are threefold:

1 Examine the factors that most frequently contribute to wrongful convictions, including research explaining the occurrence of misidentification and false confession;
2 Examine individual cases of possible wrongful convictions to ascertain both what contributed to the problems in the prosecution of those cases and to determine what can be done to avoid similar problems in the future;
3 Examine proposed changes in the criminal justice system that might reduce wrongful convictions.

Registration is required for all participants

6.5 CLE Credits
MCLE – NYSDA has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York (2010-2013). This transitional/non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 6.5 credit hours 1 of which can be applied toward Ethics and Professionalism. No CLE credit may be earned for repeat attendance at any accredited CLE activity within any one reporting cycle. Tuition assistance for financial hardship is available.