Thursday, November 29, 2018
Leona Deborah Jochnowitz (Curry College) has posted Analyzing Wrongful Convictions Beyond the Traditional Canonical List of Errors, for Enduring Structural and Sociological Attributes, (Juveniles, Racism, Adversary System, Policing Policies) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
What are the explanations and “causes” of wrongful conviction cases beyond the canonical list of errors, including more enduring structural and sociological “causes”? Researchers identify possible structural causes for wrongful convictions: racism, justice system culture, adversary system, plea bargaining, media, juvenile and mentally impaired accused, and wars on drugs and crime. They indicate that unless the root causes of conviction error are identified, the routine explanations of error, (eyewitness identifications; false confessions) will continue to re-occur. Identifying structural problems may help to prevent future wrongful convictions. The research involves the coding of archival data from the Innocence Project for 17 cases including the Central Park five exonerees. The data was coded with Hartwick College and Johnson State College students in the respective wrongful convictions courses.