Founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongly convicted and reforming the system to prevent future injustice. It has helped to exonerate 178 people through DNA testing.
“I am deeply committed to the work of the Innocence Project and I’m honored and humbled to chair this great event. Meeting and getting to know many of these remarkable men and women, the exonerees, has profoundly impacted my life, making me want to do everything in my power to prevent and correct these horrible injustices,” says Flom.
Flom has been a leading advocate for the Innocence Project and criminal justice reform over the past 25 years. Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, attests, “Jason has been a champion for the exonerated since our earliest days. He understood immediately the tremendous power of these stories of injustice and has been an indispensable force in nurturing and growing the Innocence Project.”
Jason Flom serves on the Board of Directors of the Drug Policy Alliance, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Legal Action Center and the NYU Prison Education Program. He is a pioneer in the bail reform movement, having initiated the first bail fund of its kind with the Bronx Defenders, which is changing the way bail works in New York by providing bail assistance to people charged with low-level offenses who cannot afford to pay for their freedom.
On April 15th, Flom gave one of the keynote speeches at the Tom Tom Founders Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia, addressing mass incarceration in the United States and his personal experiences with entrepreneurship, music and synchronicity. On April 17th, he moderated a discussion with the esteemed lawyers from Netflix’s Making A Murderer, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Jason Flom recently lectured at Yale Law School on capital punishment and innocence with Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person to have served time on death row to have been exonerated by DNA evidence. In addition to these recent speaking engagements, Jason Flom had an open letter addressing clemency issues published in the Hollywood Reporter, which can be viewed here.
On April 29th, Flom’s second episode on Adam Carolla and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos’s podcast “Reasonable Doubt” will be available for download and streaming on iTunes. This June, Flom will be a speaker at the Midem Music Conference in Cannes.
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