This LibGuide can be used to help you learn more about wrongful convictionsand research the topic more effectively. Enjoy!
This guide has been created by in support of Professor Diamond's Advanced Legal Research class for Fall 2017. The contents of this guide should not be taken as legal advice or as the work product of Mizzou Law librarians.
What does Wrongfully Convicted Mean?
Persons who are in fact innocent but have been wrongly convicted by a jury or other court of law.
What are the Leading Causes of Wrongful Convictions?
Mistaken Eyewitness Identification: When a victim chooses the wrong suspect out of a photo lineup.
False Confessions: When an individual alleges that they committed a crime that they did not commit and are charged with the crime.
Unreliable Forensic Science: When DNA evidence is not tested correctly and implicates an innocent person.
Jailhouse Snitches: Informants for law enforcement who trade their testimony for a lesser sentence.
Prosecutorial Misconduct: When a prosecutor does not hand over all the evidence, which could determine that the person on trial is actually innocent.
Recommendations & Solutions?
Why Do Innocent People Confess?