Wrongful Convictions

July 23, 2007

NY Times reports on Brandon Garrett’s study of wrongful convictions. Bottom line: people may disagree about the precise number, but the flaws in the criminal justice system exposed by the DNA exonerations make clear that there are still plenty of innocent people behind bars. The biggest culprit, according to the study, is erroneous eyewitness testimony. And appeals don’t help in general, finds Garrett. Appellate courts upheld the convictions in almost all of the cases of people who were later proved to be innocent.

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