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Addressing the specific issues surrounding wrongful convictions and their implications for society, Convicted but Innocent includes: survey data concerning the possible magnitude of the problem and its causes; fascinating actual case samples; detailed analyses of the major factors associated with wrongful conviction; discussion of public policy implications; and recommendations for reducing the occurrence of such convictions. The authors maintain that while no system of justice can be perfect, a focus on preventable errors can substantially reduce the number of current conviction injustices.
Chapter 2: Causes Célèbres
Some of the cases of convicted innocents, and others where doubt remains concerning guilt, have been extensively discussed or debated (where doubt remains) for many years and will continue to be subjects of discussion whenever the issue of “guilt beyond a reasonable doubt” arises. Some of these cases elicit passionate advocates on both sides, where guilt or innocence remains a contested point. In cases where it is clear that the convicted persons were innocent beyond doubt, the discussion tends to focus more heavily on the question, How could this have happened? These cases become part of the history of a nation and, in some cases, rival other news events as some of the most sensational stories of given eras. In some cases, ...