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Director of the ‘We Are All Criminals’ Documentary Film Project to Speak at Wake Forest Law

(Last Updated On: October 31, 2016)

we_are_all_criminalsEmily Baxter, the director of the documentary film project “We Are All Criminals,” a project that examines the impact of criminal records on our lives, will share her findings with Wake Forest Law students, faculty and staff at noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon and is sponsored by the law school’s Criminal Justice Program and the Pro Bono Project’s Ban the Box Initiative, which aims to convince businesses to refrain from inquiring about felonies on employee job applications.

After sharing her documentary project, Baxter will meet with student leaders interested in criminal justice issues.

According to Baxter, “One in four people in the United States has a criminal record. It’s a record for something other than a minor traffic violation used by the vast majority of employers, legislators, landlords and licensing boards to craft policy and determine the character of an individual. In our electronic and data age, it typically does not disappear, regardless of how long it’s been or how far one’s come. ‘We Are All Criminals’ looks at the other 75 percent: those of us who have had the luxury of living without an official reminder of a past mistake.”

Baxter, who is also a fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, developed “We Are All Criminals” (WAAC) through an Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2012. WAAC’s efforts focus on the reality that one in four people in the United States has a criminal record. It does this by looking at the other 75 percent, the source of many of its participants.

WAAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to inspire empathy and ignite social change through personal stories of crime, privilege, justice and injustice, according to its website. WAAC challenge’s society’s perception of what it means to be a criminal and how much weight a record should hold.

For more information on Baxter’s presentation, go here.

– Source: WFU School of Law

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