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Meet the Prosecutor Fighting to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.

'Justice Redeemed,' A Conversation With Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Scott Pratt, the bestselling author of the Joe Dillard series of legal thrillers, worked as a criminal defense lawyer before writing his first novel, An Innocent Client.

911 Tape Proves Inmate's Innocence, But DA Won't Release Him: Lawyer

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.19.2015 | Crime

A Louisiana man imprisoned for a carjacking he says he didn't commit has served nine years behind bars, even though the prosecution's file contained ...

These Are The Prosecutors Who Have Decided What Happens To Cops Who Kill

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

Prosecutors walk a delicate line in determining whether or not to charge a police officer in a fatal shooting. Facing pressure from the public and po...

More Cops Have Been Charged For Shootings This Year, But There's Much More Work To Be Done

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

It's been almost a year since a St. Louis County prosecutor cleared Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. We'...

Former St. Louis Prosecutor Admits To Covering Up Brutal Police Beating Of A Suspect

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

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Ending Wrongful Convictions: No Room for Error

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The record number of exonerations of innocent prisoners last year shows that something is very wrong with our judicial system. If the saying "the proof is in the numbers" is true, then why is this system moving at a snail's pace to combat the causes of wrongful convictions?

Prosecutors Are Uniquely Positioned to Drive Criminal Justice Reform

Cyrus Vance | Posted 10.20.2015 | Crime
Cyrus Vance

Beyond the oath of zealous representation, prosecutors take a separate oath to do justice. Their "client" is not an individual, or even a person. It is fairness. Prosecutors are stewards of the integrity of the system, and must be held accountable as such.

Decision Points: Prosecutors Have Opportunities to Reduce Incarceration and Disparities Through Risk Assessment

George Gascón | Posted 10.14.2015 | Crime
George Gascón

Refusing to use our own data about our prior successes and failures, with the goals of making better decisions going forward, is irresponsible.

Decision Points: Pursuing Innovation in Prosecution

David LaBahn | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
David LaBahn

Though complicated and varied factors contribute to the overuse of jails in our communities and the disproportionate jailing of people of color, prosecutors' actions can and should play a leadership role in addressing these problems.

How to Restore Faith in Our Broken Judicial System

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many people are responsible for securing wrongful convictions. Consider last year's record-breaking number of exonerations -- 125 in all. How many prosecutors, police officers, judges, or lawyers were fired for their participation in these 125 wrongful convictions? None.

I Was Wrongfully Convicted And So Are Too Many Others

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many innocent people are sitting in prison with convictions for crimes they did not commit. This is often due to prosecutors who blatantly ignore information that might point away from their chosen suspect. Much of the time, these other leads could have exonerated an innocent prisoner, but they go totally disregarded.

It's Time to End Prosecutorial Immunity

Evan Bernick | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Prosecutorial misconduct is a reality. So is the lack of any meaningful legal recourse for its victims. It is time to abolish a rule that stands as an affront, not only to the letter of federal law, but to our aspirations towards a just legal order.

It's Time to Examine the Role Prosecutors Play in Driving Mass Incarceration

Art Way | Posted 08.12.2015 | Crime
Art Way

As we acknowledge the year anniversary of Michael Brown's death, local district attorneys are no longer an invisible force, untouchable by advocates who traditionally have focused on police alone.

Police Misconduct Needs 'Broken Windows' Approach

Hector Villagra | Posted 07.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

On the same day a female Los Angeles Police officer was sentenced to 36 months for delivering hard kicks to the groin of a handcuffed woman who later died, a homeless woman with mental illness was facing 25 years to life for merely picking up a police baton.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.

When Prosecutors Deny Justice for the Innocent

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

While some prosecutors do their job honestly and stand for justice, there are others who are responsible for intentionally wrongfully convicting innocent people. And as if that weren't enough, they do whatever is necessary to maintain these false convictions.

Nick Wing

Prosecutors Drop Ridiculous Charge For Cautious Driver, Reveal Bigger Problem | Nick Wing | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

Last month, DaJuawn Wallace was given a choice: Plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit, or continue to fight the charge and take his chances in the ...

Why Do Prosecutors Fight to Maintain Wrongful Convictions?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When it comes to our criminal justice system, prosecutor and police misconduct remains the elephant in the courtroom. Sometimes it is spoken about, but rarely is any action taken.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Josh Duggar's "19 Felonies and Counting"

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 06.01.2015 | Media
Burke E. Strunsky

There is no doubt the Duggars and law enforcement chose to tune out on this one, but the reality is that most families that discover sexual abuse within their clan conceal it--just not with three million viewers looking on.

Freddie Gray's Family Is 'Satisfied' With Charges Against Officers

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

The family of Freddie Gray on Friday applauded the news that Gray’s death had been ruled a homicide and that criminal charges were being brought aga...

Lilly Workneh

Baltimore Protesters Rejoice Over Charges In Freddie Gray's Death | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

It wasn’t expected -- but it was welcome. Many Baltimore residents applauded Friday's announcement from State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that F...

The Truth Is in the Numbers: Stop Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

I'm one of many prisoners who are completely innocent, but continue to suffer at the hands of prosecutors who represent anything but justice. We are not guilty, so we don't want sympathy. We demand justice from the legal system that has failed us.

The Suprising Thing People Facing Federal Criminal Charges Learn

Matt Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.