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Smoke But No Fire: Investigating Wrongful Convictions

Date: 08/05/2020

Time: 12:00pm
Where: LMHQ, Virtual,

Watch Smoke But No Fire: Investigating Wrongful Convictions
Nearly one-third of all known exonerations involve crimes that were later found to have never occurred. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people spend time in prison every day for fictional crimes. In this workshop, former New York City public defender and professor of justice studies Jessica S. Henry and Innocence Project State Campaigns Director Michelle Feldman discussed the flaws in the criminal justice system that allow no-crime wrongful convictions to regularly occur. Touching upon the major themes of Jessica’s book, Smoke but No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened, the conversation dug into the scope, frequency, significance, types, and causes of no-crime convictions as well as the systems that perpetuate these injustices.
Smoke But No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened is available now. All author proceeds will be donated to projects that support exonerees upon their release from prison.
About Our Speakers
Jessica S. Henry is the author of Smoke But No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened. She was a public defender for nearly ten years in New York City before joining the Department of Justice Studies at Montclair State University, where she is an associate professor. She is also a criminal justice expert, legal commentator, and blogger, with a particular focus on wrongful convictions, police corruption and misconduct, mass incarceration, and the death penalty.
Michelle Feldman is the State Campaigns Director at the Innocence Project, where she manages state legislative campaigns that have resulted in the passage of 30 laws to prevent and address wrongful convictions across the country. Previously, Michelle served as a Legislative and Communications Director at the New York City Council and worked on issues including stop and frisk reform, land use and women’s rights. Michelle also served as a Regional Coordinator and Researcher at the New York State Assembly in Albany, where she advised state lawmakers on strategic communications and legislation. She has also managed several city and state electoral campaigns.


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