US District Courts (Federal)
What does science tell us about case factors that can lead to a wrongful conviction? Dr. Jon Gould of American University will discuss the findings of the first large-scale empirical study that has identified ten statistically significant factors that distinguish a wrongful conviction from a "near miss." (A "near miss" is a case in which an innocent defendant was acquitted or had charges dismissed before trial). Following Dr. Gould's presentation, Mr. John R.
Familial DNA searching is the practice of creating new investigative leads in cases where DNA evidence found at the scene of a crime strongly resembles that of an existing DNA profile but is not an exact match. Panelists will explain how the technology works, provide examples of successful convictions obtained through familial searches, and discuss the various misconceptions and concerns regarding this practice.
New science in brain development is transforming young adult involvement with the justice system. On Tuesday, September 8, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, and experts from NIJ and the Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice who serve on the Executive Session on Community Corrections discussed the future of justice-involved young adults.
Participants at the Meeting on Leveraging Technology to Improve Treatment Outcomes for Criminal Justice Populations
Judge Ann Aiken, J.D.
U.S. District Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse
Eugene, Oregon 97401-2706
Panda J. Adkins, MSP
Correctional Program Specialist
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534