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U of I Springfield Offers Free Wrongful Convictions Class

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The University of Illinois Springfield will offer a free online class about wrongful convictions. 

The university said yesterday online registration is underway for the six-week course, which begins in February. It’s open to the public and examines the scope and causes of wrongful convictions and the difficulties in freeing innocent people.

It will also consider strategies to prevent future wrongful convictions. Participants do not need to be enrolled at the university.

The course will be taught by Assistant Professor Gwen Jordan, who’s a staff attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project. Many inmates in Illinois and elsewhere have been freed from prison after serving years for crimes they did not commit.