Indigenous People and Wrongful Convictions: Lessons from Canada and the US

Location: Venetian Room
Date: Fri, March 23
Time: 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

In the US and Canada Indigenous people are overrepresented in prisons, vulnerable to wrongful convictions and yet drastically underrepresented among the exonerated: less than one percent (0.71%) of exonerees in the National Registry of Exonerations are Indigenous. Carling and MacDonald will explain how communication, culture, plea bargaining, records and a focus on DNA exonerations make Indigenous people susceptible to wrongful convictions and less likely to receive a remedy. Roach will discuss how he and Carling have reconceptualized a “traditional” course on wrongful conviction causes to one that applies Indigenous and critical race perspectives throughout. He will also discuss implications for pedagogy and scholarship and the challenges of establishing an Indigenous clinical program. Creel will contrast the Canadian experience with that in the US. Panelists will answer questions, offer tangible solutions and distribute a handbook on effective communication with Indigenous clients.

Race and Wrongful Convictions