The criminal justice system is undeniably broken. Our system of mass incarceration does not serve justice, does not promote public safety and disproportionately harms communities of color. Over policing, overly zealous prosecutions, the imposition of unnecessarily long sentences, and the longstanding culture of denying parole to individuals who have served their sentences have led us to this point. The Loyola Project for the Innocent brought together pioneering attorneys, forensic experts, activists and formerly incarcerated people to discuss needed reforms and strategies for advancing toward a system that promotes public safety and addresses the system's many inequities. Panelists also addressed wrongful convictions and the role of forensics in the courtroom, from wrongfully convicting innocent people to helping set them free.

From Arrest to Parole: Public Safety Through a Social Justice Lens

"From Arrest to Parole: Public Safety Through a Social Justice Lens" featured (clockwise from top left) Sean Kennedy, Executive Director, Center for Juvenile Law & Policy, LMU Loyola Law School ; Adnan Khan, Executive Director, Re:Store Justice; Keith Wattley, Executive Director, UnCommon Law; and Robin Steinberg, CEO, The Bail Project.

September 18, 2020

Panel

Keith Wattley, Executive Director, UnCommon Law 

Robin Steinberg, CEO, The Bail Project

Adnan Khan, Executive Director, Re:Store Justice

Moderator: Sean Kennedy, Executive Director, Center for Juvenile Law & Policy, LMU Loyola Law School 

Keynote

Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney in conversation with Genevi√©ve Jones-Wright, Founding Executive Director of Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance

Faulty Forensics and Wrongful Convictions: Challenging Dubious Science in Criminal Cases

"Faulty Forensics and Wrongful Convictions: Challenging Dubious Science in Criminal Cases" featured (left to right) Amanda Knox, Exoneree, Author, and Journalist and Jarrett Adams, Attorney, Author and Exoneree.

September 25, 2020

Panel

Dr. Katherine Roberts, Executive Director, California Forensic Science Institute 

Anna Vasquez, Outreach and Education Director, Innocence Project of Texas 

Lynn Robitaille Garcia, General Counsel, Texas Forensic Science Commission

Jarrett Adams, Attorney, Author and Exoneree 

Moderator: Mehul Anjaria, Founder, MBA DNA Consulting, LLC 

Keynote 

Amanda Knox, Exoneree, Author, and Journalist, in conversation with Jarrett Adams, Attorney, Author and Exoneree

Identifying and Correcting Wrongful Convictions: The Path Forward

"Identifying and Correcting Wrongful Convictions: The Path Forward" featured (clockwise from top left) Marissa Bluestine, Assistant Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice; Patricia Cummings, Supervisor, Philadelphia District Attorney's Conviction Integrity Unit; George Gascon, District Attorney Candidate, Los Angeles County; and Paula Mitchell, Legal Director, Loyola Project for the Innocent.

October 2, 2020

Panel

Patricia Cummings, Supervisor, Philadelphia District Attorney's Conviction Integrity Unit

Marissa Bluestine, Assistant Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice

George Gascon, District Attorney Candidate, Los Angeles County

Jackie Lacey, District Attorney, Los Angeles County (Invited)