Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

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The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) is a nonprofit legal clinic that represents children and teenagers who have been convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. It is the only innocence project in the country that focuses exclusively on individuals who were convicted or accused of crimes when they were adolescents or younger. They are dedicated to identifying, investigating, and litigating credible innocence claims of wrongfully convicted young people and preventing future wrongful convictions. Housing some of the world’s leading experts on interrogations and confessions, CWCY is the sister project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions. Together they have exonerated many innocent people in the state. The CWCY spearheads national efforts to drive criminal justice reforms that will prevent children from making unreliable statements and coerced statements during police interrogations. Through Northwestern Law’s clinical programs, law students gain direct experience representing clients and fine-tune their skills as advocates. Students also work with clinical faculty and staff to challenge the fairness of our legal institutions and to propose solutions for reform.

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