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Aug 3, 2020

Kathryn Rubino talks with Jessica S. Henry, author of “SMOKE BUT NO FIRE: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened”, about the prevalence of no-crime convictions, some of the worst examples of no-crime convictions, how racial injustice exacerbates the issue, and finally what can be done, particularly within the current criminal justice reform zeitgeist.


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Episode Highlights

  • Jessica’s new book - 0:37
  • Her background - 1:31
  • Being a teacher and learning about crime cases - 5:34
  • Crimes that never happened - 6:18
  • Being convicted about something that never took place - 8:36
  • Some of the worst cases about convicted persons with no crime - 10:48
  • How prosecutors do their job - 15:56
  • Wrongful convictions - 17:17
  • What we can do to stop this problem - 18:58
  • Aggressive police tactics - 19:58
  • What would help this problem - 22:09
  • Focusing on this issue - 25:33

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