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Independent Study: Clemency Project

Course Details

Students collaborate with a CUNY Law School clinic that provides legal assistance to people seeking release from lengthy prison terms through parole or clemency. Class members interview inmate-applicants; research their criminal cases and prison records; interview friends and family members of victims and defendants, and law enforcement officials.  The stories that result range in format from text, to visual, and audio. Class is supplemented with advanced lessons in reporting, interviewing and research techniques and sessions with veteran journalists and criminal justice experts.