Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam are advocating alongside the Innocence Project and others for important criminal justice reforms in New York state that would make illegal the use of deceptive interview tactics to induce confessions, provide counsel to young people being interrogated and make compensation available to people who are wrongfully convicted.
More than 2,425 wrongfully convicted people have been exonerated in the United States since 1989. Yet, in 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that police can mislead suspects as long as their actions aren’t “patently coercive.” These proposed measures would combat the systemic issues that lead to wrongful conviction and support the victims of wrongful conviction.
“The legislative proposal would ban the use of false facts; in other words, law enforcement can not knowingly communicate false facts to people in the interrogation room,” the Innocence Project’s director of policy Rebecca Brown told New York Daily News.
The Innocence Project received the Changing Narratives Through Art grant as part of the Art for Justice Fund’s Spring 2019 Cohort.