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Supreme Court ruling could send innocent Arizona convict to his death, critics contend

“We might see another innocent person executed. We like to think that there aren’t any innocent people on death row. But there are. One of the main leading causes of

A Call For ‘Radical Transparency’ To Prevent Police Corruption

On Monday, April 25, the Academy for Justice hosted former Inspector General of the DOJ, Michael Bromwich, for a roundtable discussion on Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force: A Case Study in Police Corruption. A4J RA Sydney Plaskett, wrote about the discussion and findings for Crime and Justice News.

A4J Partner: Crime and Justice News

Every weekday, Crime and Justice News provides a summary of significant news developments from around the nation. The summary is edited by Ted Gest, a veteran journalist based in Washington D.C. Starting in January 2021, the news report has been based at Arizona State University, in collaboration with the Academy for Justice.

Clarence Dixon’s execution reignites death penalty debate

“I don’t think people realize how many individuals are in prison who didn’t actually commit the crime that they’re in prison for. That also means the true perpetrator is on the streets.” A4J Dep. Director Valena Beety spoke with ABC 15 Arizona about the upcoming AZ execution.

Legal team seeks clemency for blind, mentally ill Arizona man scheduled for execution

Valena Beety, Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Academy for Justice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, says the purpose of the clemency hearing is not to relitigate Dixon’s crimes, but to review his behavior after his sentence was imposed.

Was Melissa Lucio interrogated and coerced into confessing to something she didn’t do?

Today we talk about the reliability of memory and the psychology of false confessions. Plus, the impact on women, in particular, within the criminal justice system. Interview with Deputy Director

Biden Grants Relief to People With Federal Marijuana and Drug Convictions After More Than A year in Office

After more than a year in office, President Joe Biden granted clemency to dozens of people with non-violent federal drug convictions on their records.

The Texas courts have spared Melissa Lucio’s life. Now she can prove her innocence.

Texas planned to execute Melissa Lucio on Wednesday. Republican and Democratic state legislators had prayed with her on death row and called for her execution to be halted.

The Golden Boy

The rise and fall of Winnebago County District Attorney Joe Paulus reveals the immense power of prosecutors – and how it can be abused. A4J Deputy Director Valena Beety was a guest on episode two of the new podcast Open and Shut.