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M. Chris Fabricant, Derecka Purnell & Margaret Burnham: A Conversation

Saturday, November 19, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)

300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

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From CSI to Forensic Files to the celebrated reputation of the FBI crime lab, forensic scientists have long been mythologized in American popular culture as infallible crime solvers. In Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System, Innocence Project attorney M. Chris Fabricant chronicles the fights to overturn wrongful convictions and to end the use of the “science” that has destroyed lives. In Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom, human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer Derecka Purnell argues that the police cannot be reformed. But abolition is not solely about getting rid of the police – it’s also a commitment to create and support answers to the problem of harm in society, and an opportunity to reduce and eliminate harm in the first place. And in By Hands Now Known, Margaret A. Burnham challenges our understanding of the Jim Crow era by exploring the relationship between formal law and background legal norms in a series of harrowing cases from 1920 to 1960. In doing so, she maps the criminal legal system of the mid-20th-century South and traces a vivid line from slavery to today.


Saturday, November 19, 2022
2:00 pm





Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States
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