In a recent Huffington Post piece, titled The Trump Administration’s Treatment Of Law Enforcement Professionals and The Criminal Justice System Is Alarming, alum and PCJI Board Member John Bandler critiques the administration’s treatment of the law enforcement community.
Founded in 1992 with only three attorneys on staff, Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck have made a profound impact on the criminal justice system in the United States over the past 25 years. Explore their 25th anniversary interactive summary online and if you are interested, see how you can help.
As Craig Watkins, former Dallas District Attorney, stated:
Everybody thinks the civil rights struggle is over. It’s not. There’s a new civil rights struggle, dealing with criminal justice.
In 1992, there were three attorneys on staff of this project affiliated with the Cardozo Law School, the Cardozo Law School clinic trained 20 students that year, there were ten exonerations by 1992, and zero states with post-conviction DNA statutes in 1992.
To date, there have been 349 exonerations using DNA technology, there are 50 states with access to post-conviction DNA testing, 25 states that record interrogations, 20 states with improved eye-witness procedures, 32 states with wrongful conviction compensation laws, 100+ laws have been passed so far to prevent wrongful conviction and support exonerees, 80 staff members of the Innocence Project, and 550 Cardozo Law School students trained since 1992.
In today’s New York Times, Errol Morris, famed author and moviemaker, addresses the death penalty.
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is the source for crime and justice data. The archive’s mission is
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The last Nuremberg prosecutor alive, Ben Ferencz now 97 years young, has recently been interviewed by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes. He was an adjunct professor for many years here at Pace Law School. He was only 27 when he was tasked with the impossible – to try the WWII war criminals for the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity in Nuremberg – and it was his first trial. He visited the camps and collected evidence that beyond any reasonable doubt showed guilt for perpetrating unimaginable atrocities during the war against populations of Gypsies, Communists, and Jews.
He shares his powerful memories as if it all happened yesterday, warns, and sends a powerful message.
War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people. All wars, and all decent people.
And he adds:
If it’s naive to want peace instead of war, let ’em make sure they say I’m naive. Because I want peace instead of war. If they tell me they want war instead of peace, I don’t say they’re naive, I say they’re stupid.
- Interview by Lesley Stahl, What the Last Nuremberg Prosecutor Alive Wants the World to Know, 60 Minutes CBSNews (May 7, 2017).
- Nadia Khomami, ‘It Was As If I Had Peered Into Hell’: The Man Who Brought the Nazi Death Squads to Justice, The Guardian (Feb. 7, 2017).
- The Last Nuremberg Prosecutor Has Three Words of Advice: ‘Law. Not War.’, NPR (Oct. 18, 2016).
- Benjamin B. Ferencz, C-Span – Collection of Videos from 1994 and 2005.
- BenFerencz.org (A website dedicated to the work of Benjamin Ferencz, which has since 1945 focused on issues of international criminal justice and world peace.).
- The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court – Interview with Benjamin Ferencz, PBS (July 14, 2009).