EIF Aim #11
Eleventh of a dozen aims for the Estimated Innocence Form.
To enforce accountability for public safety outcomes and impacts with a more rigorously disciplined process.
Without the Estimated Innocence Form, or something like it, the judiciary and law enforcement rely heavily on oversimplified generalizations. For example, police rely on their “good-guy/bad-guy” binary to make snap decisions in the field when their lives could be at risk. But this rash binary risks distorting their perception of us. With qualified immunity, an anxious officer can shoot you or me out of fear with little if any repercussions. Without the level of discipline enforced in other fields, this friend-or-foe generalization easily risks undermining public safety.
The EIF is based on a process called ‘need-response’ that rigorously identifies and addresses each impacted need. It exists independent of the judiciary and law enforcement, so remains removed from its conflicts of interest. It recognizes that no one sits above the law, but insists that no law sits above the needs for which the law exists to serve. With scientific vigor, it dares to hold all institutions (like law enforcement and the judiciary) accountable to the needs they exist to serve.
How can the EIF serve you?
The EIF is also for innocence litigators.