Iniquities and Inequities in the U. S. Criminal Justice System: Petra Fellows Panel

Date & Time November 15, 2013 1:00am
Sophia Gordon All-Purpose Room, Tufts University

JT Thompson: After being released from Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary in 2003 after 18 years—14 on death row—for a murder he did not commit, Thompson founded Resurrection After Exoneration, the only reentry, transitional housing and resource center for men who were wrongly convicted and exonerated.
Emily Maw: Emily Maw has been has been the Executive Director of The Innocence Project New Orleans since 2003. She is licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi and litigates cases of wrongful conviction in both states while directing operations for the rest of the organization. Prior to working at IPNO, Maw worked with the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center for several years as an investigator for capital cases in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. She also worked at the Texas Defender Service.
Gina Womack: Fielding phone calls from distraught families who had committed their at-risk children to state institutions for treatment, care and job training only to find them ensnared in a brutal system in which parents had no choice or voice, Womack lobbied to start a support group. Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) was born in 2001, taking its place in Louisiana’s history with a Mock Jazz Funeral that wound through the streets of New Orleans, mourning the dead and dying dreams of Louisiana’s children.