Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform, 1st Edition

  • Published By: Focal Press
  • ISBN-10: 0203066995
  • ISBN-13: 9780203066997
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 334 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released February 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform is an important addition to the literature and teaching on innocence reform. This book delves into wrongful convictions studies but expands upon them by offering potential reforms that would alleviate the problem of wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system. Written to be accessible to students, Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform is a main text for wrongful convictions courses or a secondary text for more general courses in criminal justice, political science, and law school innocence clinics.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface and Acknowledgements.
Prelude: Approaches to Innocence Reform.
1: An Introduction to Innocence Reform.
2: The Public Policy Process and Innocence Reform.
3: The Role of the Media and Public Opinion on Innocence Reform: Past and Future.
4: An Etiology of Wrongful Convictions: Error, Safety, and Forward-Looking Accountability in Criminal Justice.
5: Innocent Defendants: Divergent Case Outcomes and What They Teach Us.
Institutions of Innocence Reform.
6: The Innocence Movement, the Innocence Network, and Policy Reform.
7: Exoneree Initiatives and Innocence Reform: Witness to Innocence.
Changing the Criminal Justice System.
Police Investigation and Wrongful Convictions.
8: Policies, Procedures, and the Police: An Assessment of Wrongful Conviction Risk in Nebraska.
9: The Detective and Wrongful Conviction.
Forensic Science's Reform Agenda.
10: The Innocence Crisis and Forensic Science Reform.
Prosecution Reactions to Innocence.
11: Conviction Integrity Units: Toward Prosecutorial Self-Regulation?.
Defense Counsel.
12: Public Defense in an Age of Innocence: The Innocence Paradigm and the Challenges of Representing the Accused.
New Models of Adjudication and Appeal.
13: Investigative Procedure and Post-Conviction Review: Resetting Incentives to Separate the Innocent from the Guilty.
New Models for Establishing Innocence Post-Conviction.
14: The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission: Catching Cases that Fall through the Cracks.
Death Penalty Directions.
15: Deadly Errors and Salutary Reforms: The Kill that Cures?.
Exoneree Compensation.
16: Exoneree Compensation: Current Policies and Future Outlook.
17: Epilogue: The Prospects for Innocence Reform.
18: Contributor Biographies.