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The Justice Initiative

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014: The Launch of The CMP Justice Initiative with a screening of the "The Newburgh Sting" and Q&A with Producer/Directors David Heilbroner and Kate Davis and Picture Motion's Wendy Cohen.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014: The Launch of The CMP Justice Initiative with a screening of the "The Newburgh Sting" and Q&A with Producer/Directors David Heilbroner and Kate Davis and Picture Motion's Wendy Cohen.

The Justice Initiative

THE MISSION OF THE CHICAGO MEDIA PROJECT’S JUSTICE INITIATIVE is to improve the accuracy and fairness of the criminal justice system, abolish the death penalty, and foster incarceration policies that will reduce recidivism and costs.

Through the development, creation and distribution of all forms of media, THE JUSTICE INITIATIVE will raise public awareness, encourage grass roots advocacy and expand public engagement campaigns to impact criminal and civil justice reform, targeting public education in strategic ways.

CMP is joining with ROB WARDEN, the former executive director of The Center on Wrongful Convictions to establish THE JUSTICE INITIATIVE. Rob will oversee Justice Initiative public outreach programs, bring his wealth of resources and expertise to the Justice Initiative, and be the driving force behind the JI’s media-based advocacy around these vital justice reform issues.

The Justice Initiative has three primary areas of focus: 

RESEARCH to identify, document, and expose the root causes of wrongful convictions and contribute to a body of knowledge that can be used to draw attention to salient issues that support on-going litigation and advance legislative reform. THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF EXONERATIONS is one example of the work the Justice Initiative will support.

PUBLIC EDUCATION to foster a public-opinion climate favorable to criminal-justice reform by developing and distributing documentaries and other forms of traditional and new media and by sponsor-
ing events intended to heighten public and media awareness of the issue. THE CMP JUSTICE DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL and the CMP JUSTICE INITIATIVE SPEAKERS SERIES are examples of how CMP’s Justice Initiative will use media to increase public awareness.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT to arm tomorrow’s journalists and media commentators with the experience, critical perspective, and commitment to effect positive change in the criminal justice arena through a robust and rigorous CMP JUSTICE INITIATIVE MEDIA FELLOWS PROGRAM.