Law review article: “Innocentrism” moves criminal justice forward


Using the term “innocentrism” for the innocence movement’s progress and the increased public awareness of innocence issues, a recent law review article responds to critics of the “actual innocence” standard and the work of innocence organizations around the country. Written by Daniel Medwed, a professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, the paper finds that “innocentrism, while far from a panacea to the criminal justice system’s many ills, is a positive occurrence and one that ultimately can complement, rather than replace, the emphasis on substantive and procedural rights that for good reason rests at the core of American criminal law.”

The article will be published in an upcoming issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.

Read an abstract and download the full paper here


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