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.

What Did They Really See?: The Problems of Eyewitness Identification

What did they really see?: The problems of eyewitness identification

On the night of October 12, 1980, a teenage girl became a rape victim after hitchhiking on the Pacific Coast Highway near the Seattle-Tacoma airport. She gave the police a description of her assailant: He was a bearded white man about 6 feet tall, wearing a three-piece, cream-colored suit. He had threatened her with a knife. She had been able to recall something about the car that she had entered: It was a royal blue compact with a temporary license plate displayed in the rear window. She was not certain of all the numbers on the license plate, but she seemed to recall that the first ...

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