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Friday, January 29, 2021

Doyle on Justice Safety Centers

James M Doyle has posted Innocence and Prevention: Could We Build Justice Safety Centers? (1 Wrongful Conviction Law Review 253 (2020)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Some contemporary writers argue that wrongful convictions represent system failures in a complex criminal justice system. Currently explorations are underway into whether pursuit of non-blaming, all-stakeholders, forward-looking “sentinel event” reviews focused on lowering risk rather than laying blame can improve safety from wrongful convictions. This article reviews the underlying theory of safety-based practices and sketches one model of how work on preventing wrongful convictions might be institutionalized: made a part of a new culture of continuous improvement that lowers the risk of future wrongful convictions and offers a degree of restorative justice to the victims of errors.

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