The Colorado Springs Chapter's Summer Forum will feature Jim Scarboro, founder of the Colorado branch of The Innocence Project, speaking on "Crime and Its Consequences: Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System in Colorado".
7 p.m. , Monday, June 27, Carnegie Room, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs,
To date, 271 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects.
The CIP was founded in 2001 by a number of Colorado lawyers led by Jim Scarboro ’70, a partner in the Denver office of the law firm of Arnold & Porter. The CIP was formed under the umbrella of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, a non-profit, non-partisan consortium of law firms that engages in pro bono work. In 2010, the CIP moved to its current home at Colorado Law.
Mr. Scarboro served as law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White from 1971 to 1972 and was an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Law from 1973 to 1978.