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.

False Confessions, Miranda Notwithstanding

False confessions, Miranda notwithstanding

False confessions have played a major role in the conviction of innocent people and true but illegally obtained confessions a lesser role in the conviction of guilty people. Although the police use some special techniques to obtain confessions that are true, such as confronting a suspect or arrestee with extremely incriminating evidence or with the confessions of the suspect's colleagues in crime, it is the untrue confession that is more startling. True or untrue, torture and brutality, threats, fear, and fatigue might lead to an admission, and sometimes to further information that may prove valuable to the police. Confessions have been obtained through a variety of techniques, of which the most notorious is torture, commonly known as the ...

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