Lara Zarowsky discusses how false convictions arise and their considerable negative impact. She also speaks on her personal work with the Innocence Project Northwest and how to create policy change in criminal justice.
Lara Zarowsky serves as the Policy Director for Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), a clinical law program at the University of Washington School of Law committed to freeing innocent prisoners in Washington State. Her work promotes systemic reforms to prevent wrongful convictions in Washington State, and to support the wrongly convicted following release. Lara is a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law, where she founded IPNW's Legislative Advocacy Clinic. A graduate of the Evergreen State College and University of Washington School of Law, Lara has held previous positions as a policy attorney for the Integrity of Justice Project, and as non-partisan staff to the Judiciary and Public Safety committees of the Washington State House of Representatives. Lara lectures nationally on innocence-related public policy reform and leads IPNW efforts to improve statewide practices.
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