The Minds Changing Lives

Second chances and social justice: the program giving the wrongfully convicted a voice

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Being accused of a crime we didn’t commit is the stuff of nightmares for many. It’s an injustice The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative is helping correct by connecting criminology and law students with real cases where new evidence suggests a miscarriage of justice has occurred. Associate Professor Dr Xanthe Mallet, renowned forensic anthropologist and criminologist who established an extension of the RMIT program at The University of Newcastle, speaks to the impact of wrongful conviction on the lives of those accused and the people around them. And we also meet criminology students and volunteers of the program, Isabella and Ryan, whose strong sense of social justice has guided them in the pursuit of innocence for their client.


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