Is our criminal justice fair? That’s been one of the central questions among Minnesota lawmakers as they figure out how to deal with a growing prison population that is disproportionately made up of minorities. That fairness question is also at the center of a Netflix documentary series called “Making a Murder”, which is about the case of murdered photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
The documentary series has generated great discussion about all elements of our criminal justice system. So several legislators invited the defense attorney in the case to come speak in Minnesota.
Dean Strang was a defense attorney for Steven Avery who was ultimately convicted of murder. Strang discusses the case, talks about the underfunding of public defenders, suggests legislators reduce penalties and that governors consider clemency more often.
Video at top: Strang suggests what changes can be made to better protect the innocent
Video below: Entire event with Strang and Minnesota lawmakers