The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology has just published a volume that stems from a 2014 symposium held to honor Injustice Watch’s co-founder Rob Warden, as he retired as executive director of the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Center on Wrongful Convictions.
Over the next several days, we will publish excerpts, along with links to the full Journal publication.
The forward, by Center director Karen L. Daniel, is particularly telling: She provides a long list of criminal justice reforms in Illinois in the 15 years when Rob was executive director of the Center. That list includes abolishing the death penalty; requiring police to record station-house interrogations to avoid false confessions; requiring improved procedures in lineups and photo displays to avoid mistaken identifications; providing the opportunity for post-conviction fingerprint and ballistics analysis in addition to DNA testing; and providing a certificate of innocence in cases of wrongful conviction, with a streamlined path to state compensation for exonerees.
Daniel writes of those reforms: “There is no single person more responsible for these successes than Rob Warden.”
She quotes Barry Scheck, the Innocence Project co-founder: “Most of all, I think of Rob as a great journalist, an iconic figure in the tradition of the muckraking, crusading investigative reporting from the streets to the courts to the statehouses to the White House.”
We’re proud that Rob now has devoted those skills to Injustice Watch.
See Daniel’s full forward here, and check back in coming days for additional links.
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