At a recent panel discussion in Dallas, James Waller shared the story of 10 years in prison and 14 years on parole for a crime he didn’t commit. Other panelists included new Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins, who is working with the Innocence Project of Texas to review more than 300 cases for potential DNA testing. The event was organized by the Dallas / Ft. Worth Association of Black Journalists.
“Everybody thinks that the civil rights struggle is over, it’s not. There’s a new civil rights struggle, dealing with criminal justice,”… Watkins said.
“We’ve got to change the way we look at the criminal justice system and do certain things to make sure that we don’t have people who look like us, or any other folks, being labeled as criminals for the rest of their lives,” said Watkins.
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. (Black Press USA, 4/4/07)
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