More than 500 attendees from around the world, including at least 100 exonerees, are arriving in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the 2013 annual Innocence Network Conference, which will begin Friday, April 19, at 7:00 a.m. EST with opening remarks at 8:00 a.m. from Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck, co-founders of the Innocence Project, a model that has been emulated throughout the United States and internationally. The sell-out conference will conclude at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 20. Exonerees will gather at a preliminary reception Thursday evening.
The 2013 Innocence Conference will feature a variety of programs for exonerees on topics such as mind and body health, forgiveness and acceptance, and facing the challenges of life after exoneration. Plenary and breakout sessions will address a diverse range of subjects for attendees—lawyers, criminal justice professionals, scholars, journalists, advocates, innocence workers, exonerees and others, who share an interest in wrongful conviction, its causes and remedies.
A sampling of topics that will be addressed include starting and growing an innocence project, post-conviction DNA testing, innocence work around the globe, litigation strategies, victim perspectives in wrongful conviction, developments in forensic science, and new scholarship.
For more information on the conference, visit the website of the Innocence Network (here).