Founded in 1992, the nonprofit legal clinic uses DNA evidence to exonerate people who have been wrongly convicted of crimes. It also lobbies for reforms to prevent wrongful convictions from happening in the first place. Since it was created, more than 300 people have been exonerated using DNA evidence.
“I am so pleased to have Barry Scheck speak at Sarah Lawrence,” college President Karen Lawrence said. “For the last three years we have offered a nonfiction writing course called 'Wrongfully Accused,' taught by a former New York Times investigative journalist. I am sure we will have a lively discussion following this important talk.”
The Innocence Project is a founding member of the Innocence Network, which comprises 64 independent organizations around the world. Scheck and his colleagues have persuaded hundreds of local jurisdictions to adopt reforms and have advanced legislation in nearly every state to prevent future injustice.
Scheck will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the college's Reisinger Concert Hall. For more information, call 914-337-0700.