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California Innocence Project
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Alannah King

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology, Political Science
Hometown: San Francisco, California

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was the team I was working with. My bosses did a great job of pairing us all together and making sure that we could not only work together, but also bond together. My fellow interns were from all around the world -- some came from England, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and more. There were also interns from all over the country (some from Texas and Florida)! As a group we had a great friendship that helped us to work together as well. If we disagreed as colleagues, we always had the friendship to fall back on as a way to keep the peace. The environment was very collaborative, so being able to bring up cases with your fellow interns was a great way to see it from other angles and figure out where to go from there.

I now know more about the appeals process than I think I could ever learn in a classroom

How did this experience impact you academically?

I think that the post-conviction process, as well as the issue of wrongful convictions itself, is not discussed a lot in undergrad. I took a CRIM class based on wrongful convictions which is where I first learned about the issue. I have wanted to work for CIP ever since. I now know more about the appeals process than I think I could ever learn in a classroom.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My goal is now to be an attorney for the California Innocence Project and also work in the policy sector. In the policy sector I would hope to enact policy that would make it easier to overturn wrongful convictions as well as make it harder for people to be wrongfully convicted.

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