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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

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Randy Williams Speaks Out about Wrongful Conviction

Nickie Phillips

The ripple effect of wrongful convictions resonates throughout families and communities. Randy Williams’ time behind bars can never be returned, nor his time away from his family and the promise of his future.
— Private Investigations by Management Resources Limited of NY

Randy Williams and Bob Rahn

Randy Williams served nine years of a 22 years-to-life prison sentence as a result of a wrongful conviction. He was released in 2016.

On April 14, 2016, Randy and his mom, Rosie, spoke with students at St. Francis College to share their story. They discussed how Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin, of Private Investigations by Management Resources Ltd of NY, worked tirelessly on behalf of Randy uncovering false eyewitness testimony and police misconduct.

Criminologist Nickie Phillips, Rosie Benjamin, Randy Williams, and Bob Rahn

Screening of "Gideon's Army" at the Ford Foundation

Nickie Phillips

The landmark 1963 Supreme Court Case Gideon v. Wanwright established a defendant's right to an attorney even if he or she cannot afford one ("indigent defense"). In this compelling new film by director Dawn Porter, the legacy of Gideon is explored in light of the real day-to-day realities of public defenders and their clients. Armed with little training and often working exceedingly long hours for little pay, public defense as an institution has been weakened-- leaving open the unsettling possibility that justice is not being served for the most vulnerable among us. Can Gideon be saved? Come watch the film screening of "Gideon's Army" to learn more. Refreshments will be served and a panel discussion will follow the film. When? Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:30 p.m. Where? Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New York City