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23-Sep-2017

Dr. Perlin accepts Foundation for Improvement of Justice Chapman Award

Atlanta, GA


Dr. Mark Perlin and other winners at 2017 Justice Awards
Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin (far left) poses with other winners of the 2017 Paul H. Chapman award. (Photo credit: Foundation for Improvement of Justice).

At an awards banquet in Atlanta, GA on September 23, Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin accepted the Paul Chapman award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice.

His seven-minute acceptance speech highlighted the impact of modern science on innocent two men. Roosevelt Glenn and Darryl Pinkins were wrongfully convicted of a 1989 five-man gang rape through mistaken identity. The Indiana courts sentenced them both to long prison terms.

In 2001, new DNA evidence didn’t free them – the scientists couldn’t interpret their mixture data. But 15 years later, TrueAllele reanalysis of the same data found the five true perpetrators' DNA. Pinkins was exonerated and freed in 2016, and Glenn was exonerated in 2017.

"The question," asked Dr. Perlin, "is how do you bring more science into justice?"


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