Criminal Justice

“Today, it is better to be rich and guilty than poor and innocent.” -Stephen Bright

Today West Virginia incarcerates four times as many people as our state did 30 years ago.  Most of the people in our criminal justice system are poor, and they will be even less likely to find employment with a criminal record.  The Appalachian Justice Initiative looks closely at how poverty plays a role in justice in our state, and how to make our criminal justice system more reliable and fair.   

Developing a Cross-Clinical Re-Entry Project
Jennifer D. Oliva & Valena Beety | Clinical Legal Education Association Newsletter (Winter 2016-2017)

West Virginia Innocence Project Client Freed From Prison
via WVU Law

Introduction to the West Virginia Law Review Flawed Forensics and Innocence Symposium
Valena Beety | 119 W.Va. L. Rev. 101 (2016)

Marijuana Legalization Discussed in West Virginia
via The Intelligencer. Wheeling News-Register

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