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.

Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy: What Can Be Done?

Wrongful conviction and public policy: What can be done?

The inspector… turning to the prisoner, “What do you demand?” said he.

“That… if innocent, 1 may be set at liberty.”

“When were you arrested?” asked the inspector.

“The 28th of February, 1815, at half-past two in the afternoon.”

“To-day is the 30th of June, 1816; why, it is but seventeen months.”

“Only seventeen months!” replied Dantes; “oh, you do not know what is seventeen months in prison!—seventeen ages rather, especially to a man who, like me, had arrived at the summit of his ambition—to a man who, like me, was on the point of marrying a woman he adored, who saw an honourable career open before him, and who loses all in ...

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