Presenting Innocence Issues to Youth

Location: Piedmont 1
Date: Fri, April 12
Time: 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Educating youth about wrongful convictions can make lasting impressions, inform attitudes toward the criminal justice system, and sometimes even shape career choices. This roundtable explores strategies to raise awareness among high school students about wrongful convictions. Exoneree Clarence Harrison offers tips from his experiences educating youth. Clare Gilbert shares how Georgia Innocence Project used Wrongful Conviction Day as an opportunity to educate almost 1,000 students by working with volunteers and collaborating with local schools and teachers. Educators from two prominent Atlanta-area high schools (Decatur and Grady) will discuss how they wove wrongful conviction lessons into their curriculum, tailored the approach to meet their students' needs, and will offer suggestions for innocence organizations who want to partner with area schools. As a high school student, Max Tyler was so moved by a wrongful conviction presentation at his school that he returned years later to moderate this panel!