Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Professor Paula Gerstenblatt

Abstract

There is a large body of research related to uncovering the causes behind wrongful convictions (Cerrano, Gould, Hail-Jares, & Leo, 2014; Pinard, 2010). There is a scant amount of research focused on the people and agencies helping to overturn wrongful convictions.This narrative study explored the experiences of staff as a small New England non profit agency that assists wrongfully convicted individuals in proving their innocence.This study explores the stories through interviews with interns, lawyers and other staff at the agency to understand their work with policy and with individuals in the criminal justice system.The purpose of this qualitative narrative is to uncover the lived experiences of the people doing the work behind overturning wrongful convictions.

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