This presentation will examine several aspects of wrongful convictions: miscarriages of justice that involve the conviction and punishment of persons who have been found guilty of committing crimes although factually innocent. The leading causes of wrongful convictions will be explored, with illustrative case studies, and suggested reforms designed to guard against their recurrence will be identified. Questions and additional discussion following the presentation will be welcomed.
James Acker is an Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University at Albany, where he taught in the School of Criminal Justice. He earned a J.D. at Duke University and practiced law in North Carolina before earning his Ph.D. at the University at Albany. His principal areas of scholarship include criminal law, criminal procedure, capital punishment, and wrongful convictions. He has authored several scholarly articles and books addressing those subjects.
Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public. Admission is free for Berkshire Community College students, youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards.