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Convicted but Innocent
Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy



January 1996 | 204 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This important book, joining many others about the possibility and actuality of executing innocent persons . . . examines the full range of potential and real cases in which innocent people are falsely accused, convicted, and incarcerated and describes the variety of missteps in our criminal justice system that lead to unjust imprisonment . . . . In six clearly written chapters the authors examine the reality of unjust incarceration . . . . The last chapter may be the most compelling; the authors recommend how to reduce the number of errors in our criminal justice system. For anyone concerned about justice; highly recommended for public and university libraries."

--Choice

"In this well-researched and fascinating volume, the authors mix materials from case files in the literature and reported in numerous research reports and in the media. There is great reliance on research studies, national and international, on the accuracy of eyewitness perceptions. Interviews with the exonerated and some of the actors in the system are included as are trial documents and court transcripts as well as media reports on the trials. There is no other book on the ''guilty'' but innocent that has so broad a focus and so much rich detail. It is a good read, indeed."

--from the Foreword by Simon Dinitz, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University

Even if the American system of criminal justice proved 99.5% accurate, it would still generate more than 10,000 wrongful convictions a year--and those would reflect only the eight serious index crimes. Each time an innocent offender is wrongfully convicted, the actual offender remains free to continue victimizing. Insightful and stimulating, Convicted But Innocent grapples with the very specific, difficult issues surrounding wrongful convictions and the implications for society. Using fascinating case samples and survey data that reflect the possible magnitude of the problem, the authors detail the major factors associated with this stunning potential for error in our criminal justice system. Although no system of justice can be perfect, this volume shows that a focus on preventable errors can substantially reduce the number of conviction injustices. Committed to that end, authors C. Ronald Huff, Arye Rattner, and Edward Sagarin also examine public policy implications and recommendations for putting their findings to work.

Intriguing, and about a problem that is frightening to contemplate, Convicted But Innocent offers a stimulating read for students, academics, researchers, law enforcement and corrections professionals, and policy makers.


Simon Dinitz
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
With Apologies to the Prisoner
 
Causes Célèbres
 
How Could This Have Happened?
The Causes and Prevalence of Wrongful Conviction  
 
What Did They Really See?
The Problems of Eyewitness Identification  
 
False Confessions, Miranda Notwithstanding
 
Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy
What Can Be Done?  

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