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Monday, November 20, 2017
6:30–8:30 p.m.


University Center Ballroom

Wrongfully Convicted

More than 1,500 individuals in the United States have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. How does this continue to happen? 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Co-sponsored by Adelphi University’s Criminal Justice Program, The Department of Sociology, and the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation. 


Jeffrey Deskovic, M.A. is an internationally recognized wrongful conviction expert and is the founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation, which has exonerated two people and works to prevent wrongful conviction by pursuing policy changes and raising awareness. He is currently in his 2nd year at The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in pursuit of his dream to exonerate wrongfully convicted people as an attorney. Deskovic was exonerated himself ten years ago by DNA after 16 years of wrongful imprisonment. Deskovic will discuss his case, false confessions, solitary confinement, prison reform, capital punishment and inmate education.

Lorenzo Johnson was released after 16 and a half years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there was legally insufficient evidence. After a short 4 months of freedom, the US Supreme Court reinstated his wrongful conviction, resulting in Lorenzo returning to prison where he spent another five years before regaining his freedom via a NOLO Contender plea. His choice: go home the next day or risk continued imprisonment that might last one-to-five years, and maybe even lose. Johnson frequently speaks out about wrongful conviction as a columnist for The Huffington Post and other publications, and through media interviews, speaking engagements, and anti-wrongful conviction events. The Deskovic Foundation assisted Johnson in regaining his freedom mainly on the public relational and grassroots level. Learn more about Lorenzo’s story and activities.

Harold Takooshian, Ph.D., has been on the faculty of Fordham University since 1975, where he is professor of Psychology and Urban Studies, and the Director of the Organizational Leadership Program.  He completed his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1979 at CUNY with Stanley Milgram. He is a researcher, teacher, consultant, whose work is described in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World. As a co-founder and past-President of the APA Division of International Psychology, he has served with the United Nations, and chaired its NGO Habitat Committee on Human Settlements (2008-2010). Dr. Takooshian will discuss homicide activism, among other topics.

For more information, please contact: 

Stephanie Lake 
Director of Criminal Justice Program 
Department of Sociology

p – 516.877.4941
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