Preventing Wrongful Convictions

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Every time an innocent person is exonerated based on DNA testing, law enforcement agencies look at what caused the wrongful convictions. There are many issues that contribute to putting guiltless lives behind bars including: eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, imperfect forensic science, and more (Gould and Leo 18). When a witness is taken into a police station to identify a suspect, it is easy for their memories to be blurred and their judgment influenced. This can lead the witness to identify a suspect who is actually innocent. Flawed forensic science practice also contributes to wrongful imprisonments. In the past, analysts have been inaccurate due to carelessness, testified in court presenting evidence that was not based on science, and participated in misconduct. False confessions have also been known to cause unlawful convictions. In some instances, police departments took part in transgression and interviewed their suspects in such an intense manner that a false confession was used cease the interrogation. To imagine that there are innocent people rotting in prison is appalling and something must be done. To prevent wrongful convictions, legislatures should form commissions and policies to reform flawed procedures. Commissions must be formed to defend the wrongly convicted and inform the public of the horrific wrong that has been done to them. The objective of these commissions is to free those who were wrongly accused. They work to find evidence and reasons to exonerate the innocent. Good things can come from the public being informed about dire issues such as wrongful convictions. When people hear about situations like these they look to volunteer. Also the commissions are a great way to focus on gathering ev... ... middle of paper ... so that wrongful convictions will stop. Works Cited Dutelle, Aric W. An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2011. Print. Garrett, Brandon L. Innocent Project, n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2013. Gould, Jon B. and Leo, Richard A., One Hundred Years Later: Wrongful Convictions After a Century of Research (2010). Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 100, No. 3, 2010; Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2010-28. Hollen, J.B. V. "Wisconsin Department of Justice :: Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen." Wisconsin Department of Justice :: Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen. Department of Justice, n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. Scheck, Barry, Peter Neufeld, and Jim Dwyer. Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted. New York: Random House LLC, 2000. Print.
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