Over 60% of incarcerated people and exonerees are people of color, while staff of innocence organizations across the country are largely white. While increased diversity among staff of innocence organizations should remain a goal, those of us who do this work and are white need to be doing the best we can to advance racial justice. While this session is designed to encourage conversation about the role white people can have in dismantling white supremacy and its impacts on our work and clients, all people who are interested in being racial justice allies are welcome to attend. We will discuss white privilege, what it means to be an ally, and some actions you can take. This session will offer resources and opportunities for reflection both for people who think about and discuss these topics frequently and people who are newer to these conversations. You will hear from Network members about ways they have strengthened the practice of racial justice within their organizations, including the creation of a Racial Justice Initiative, reworking intake systems to mitigate bias, and programs to build the leadership of those most affected by wrongful convictions.
Race and Wrongful Convictions