Saturday, January 21, 2012

Surviving the System

Sat. Jan. 21, 2012

Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated

Hundreds and men and women, including 120 on death row, have been released from America's prisons in the last several years, after incontrovertible proof of their innocence emerged. Their trials were undermined by the myriad problems that plague criminal proceedings - inept defense lawyers, overzealous prosecutors, deceitful interrogation tactics, bad science, opportunistic snitches, and faulty eyewitnesses. Their lives were effectively wrecked. Now, finally free, they're facing a new set of problems, with little sympathy from society. In SURVIVING JUSTICE, thirteen exonerees describe their experiences - the events that led to their convictions, their years in prison, and their new lives outside. Each oral history is a stark account of our criminal justice system's unforgivable flaws. David Pope, an exoneree featured in the book, will be joining Vollen to explain his case and answer questions.

Marian Wright Edelman: The Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman talks with Harvard University's Charles Ogletree about her work in ending the "cradle to prison pipeline".

She discusses the social and economic conditions that have created a system where millions of children are born without hope for a better future

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