The XONR8 helps innocent people get out of jail. For this project we worked with an organization called the California Innocence Project. What they do is that they go through cases of people who say they are innocent of a crime and decide whether or not they're innocent and deserve to get out of jail. In class we are worked in groups and each group got a case from the Innocence Project. Basically what we did was go through the cases and help the Innocence Project decide whether that person is innocent of the crime or not. Now here is a link to the California Innocence Projects.
Before getting into reading cases we first got into different groups and each group got a topic. My topic was DNA and we had to research about why they're important during crime scenes. Once my group and I finish researching we created a presentation. Then we all got separated from our group and got into a new group with different people from different topics this way we all could learn about the other topics and see why they are important during solving crime scenes. These were the topics Forensic Anthropology, DNA, Forensic Psychology, Investigative Misconduct, Ballistics and Impression Evidence. You can see my DNA presentation at the "Biology" tab above.
Going through a case file was definitely something new for me because I had never read one or even solve one. The most difficult part of going through a case was probably the time my group and I got the case. Because all the sudden we got all this papers with tons of information front and back and with tiny letters that we didn't know where to start. We ended up dividing the case into smaller section and we each got one, this definitely helped us go through the case faster. I contributed to my group by reading and looking up words on the dictionary because there were a lot of big words that we didn't know what the meant and also by working on the presentation that we got to present to a few of the judges from the Innocence Project.
Exhibition to the California Innocence Project
On a scale of 1-4 I will give my group a 4 on our presentation with the judges. I gave it a 4 because we worked really hard probably harder than any one else in the class because my group actually got two cases when everyone got one. We got two because the firs one didn't had any useful information so we had to ask the Innocence Project for a new case. So we were a lot behind compared to the rest of the class, but we all worked really hard that at the end everything came out good and we finished just on time for the presentations. My high point was when we finished the presentation on time because I honestly thought that we weren't going to make it, but we did and I was so happy. The only low point from this project was when we had to get a new case, because we spend a lot of time reading it to just wasted all in just a few minutes. But overall the project was really good and interesting.
When I first heard what the project was going to be about I couldn't believe it. The first thing that came to my mind was "WHAT?". I just couldn't believe that we were going to be working with real case files. My experience so far has been good and a little scary. Our first case didn't had any useful/helpful information so we had to get a new one and thankfully the second one did have helpful information that we could use. What is going to be hard is making the decision of declaring our client as innocent or guilty to the Innocent Project.