News 10.08.09

New Project Focuses on Youth Injustice

At an event this afternoon at Northwestern School of Law in Chicago, the new Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth gets its official start. The group is a joint project of Northwestern's Center on Wrongful Convictions and the Children and Family Justice Center, and will investigate and litigate innocence claims from young people and advocate for policy reforms on the causes of juvenile wrongful convictions.

The kickoff event, at 4 p.m. today, will feature several people exonerated after being convicted as teens, as well as Chicago prosecutors, judges, professors and activists. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 312-503-0396 or email: e-curtis@law.northwestern.edu

Visit

the new organization's website for more information

, and

watch a video

to meet some key players in the group.


Listen to a report on the center

from Chicago Public Radio's "Eight Forty-Eight."

More than one-third of the 244 people exonerated through DNA testing in the U.S. were 22 or younger when they were arrested. Learn more about their cases on our

Youth Take Action

site.

 

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