Case Screening Guidelines for Complicated Cases

Location: Nautilus 4
Date: Sat, March 25
Time: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Many innocence organizations are struggling with the question of whether to take non-DNA cases where the path to proving innocence is not clear.  We have a large number of applicants who are convicted of crimes such as child sexual abuse, child abuse not involving head trauma, or gang homicides where a) new forensic or medical analysis is not likely to be helpful, and b) the complexity or sensitivity of the crime makes it challenging to approach witnesses and victims.  The presenters will discuss new guidelines we are developing to determine whether to investigate these difficult cases and the challenges of taking on unpopular cases.  The presenters hope to foster a conversation with the audience, where we can all learn from other projects’ experiences screening and working on these difficult cases.

201: Intermediate