2012 involved Blacks.
Samuel Gross, a law professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the editor of The National Registry of Exonerations said the 10 percent increase for Blacks was striking, but it’s too early to draw any firm conclusions. Gross said that he continues to learn about new cases that occurred in 2012. In last year’s report released in June 2012, the registry found that 50 percent of the all known exonerees were Black.
“It’s striking and if it stands up and it repeats in another year or two it will be an important trend,” said Gross. The Final Call...
Giving ex-offenders a clean slate
Two community groups want to change that. The Nation of Islam’s National Prison Reform Ministry and Gathering Point Community Council held an April 13 information session on expunging and sealing certain criminal records. They explained what crimes can be expunged and other relief such as clemency, pardons and certificates of good conduct ex-offenders can take advantage of.
The event was a precursor to a June 8 expungement summit sponsored by Cook County’s Circuit Court Clerk’s office. The summit will be held at New Faith Baptist Church International in Matteson, Ill.