LAW2002: Blind Injustice
The Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions
Instructor: Mark Godsey
Offered: Spring 2024
This honors seminar will take students on a semester adventure through the fascinating and eye-opening work of the Ohio Innocence Project at UC’s College of Law. In doing so, students will study the systemic flaws in the criminal justice system that lead to wrongful convictions, as well as the psychological, political and social underpinnings that create and perpetuate these flaws. Students will also interact with key players in the criminal justice system during the semester. Innocent men and women who served decades in prison, including time on death row, for crimes they did not commit, will speak to the class and interact with the students in an open and intimate setting. The class will visit one of OIP’s innocent clients still in prison fighting for his/her freedom, and will also tour a forensic DNA lab and hear from the lab’s director about the strengths and weaknesses of the various forensic sciences. Other possible experiential learning opportunities may include attending a criminal trial in Cincinnati, and attending testimony in Columbus at a Senate or House subcommittee hearing on one of OIP’s pending bills. Learn more about the Ohio Innocence Project.