BOSTON: Daniel Medwed w/ Rachael Rollins, BARRED

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition and GrubStreet are thrilled to welcome Professor Daniel Medwed for the release of his latest book, Barred: Why the Innocent Can't Get Out of Prison. Daniel will be joined in conversation by US Attorney Rachael Rollins, who is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the District of Massachusetts and the first Black woman to hold that title.

This event will take place on Wednesday, Septeber 21 at 7pm at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition and virtually via Crowdcast. We ask that in person attendees wear their masks for the duration of the event. Thank you for respecting the safety of our community!

RSVP to attend in person in the webform below, or register to attend virtually here!

If you can't make it to Boston Edition for this event, you can also attend the Cambridge Edition event one week later on Thursday 9/29!

About the Book

A groundbreaking exposé of how our legal system makes it nearly impossible to overturn wrongful convictions 

Thousands of innocent people are behind bars in the United States. But proving their innocence and winning their release is nearly impossible. 
In Barred, legal scholar Daniel S. Medwed argues that our justice system’s stringent procedural rules are largely to blame for the ongoing punishment of the innocent. Those rules guarantee criminal defendants just one opportunity to appeal their convictions directly to a higher court. Afterward, the wrongfully convicted can pursue only a few narrow remedies. Even when there is strong evidence of a miscarriage of justice, rigid guidelines, bias, and deference toward lower courts all too often prevent exoneration. 
Offering clear explanations of legal procedures alongside heart-wrenching stories of their devastating impact, Barred exposes how the system is stacked against the innocent and makes a powerful call for change.  

About the Author

Daniel S. Medwed is university distinguished professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University School of Law. A renowned innocence advocate, he is the author of Prosecution Complex: America’s Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


About GrubStreet’s 25th Anniversary Event Series:
This September, GrubStreet is thrilled to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a series of free events designed to bring the writing community together. Whether it’s your first GrubStreet event or you’ve been with us since 1997, you’re invited to join the fun this fall with free workshops, book launches, performances and readings, writing sessions, a community open house, and more to celebrate this milestone together. Learn more.  

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition
50 Liberty Drive
Boston, MA 02210

RSVP Form: 

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Barred: Why the Innocent Can't Get Out of Prison By Daniel S. Medwed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541675919
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Basic Books - September 20th, 2022


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