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Center on Wrongful Convictions Blog
This blog provides reflections on the criminal justice system and highlights how attorneys defend those who have been wrongfully convicted. The author of this blog discusses a plethora of impending cases as well as updates its readers on the new 'exonerees' from each state. The author of this blog post also has other blogs that discuss the wrongful convictions of women and youth.
This network is a conglomeration of organizations that provide pro-bono services for those who have been wrongfully convicted. As they know that obtaining legal services can be expensive, this network seeks to provide services to those who need it.
Stop Wrongful Convictions
This blog seeks to expose the corruption of the criminal justice system with discussing wrongful convictions. The author of this source forum writes blog post that pokes holes in the evidence that has been used to convicted an individual that she believes are innocent. By analyzing the evidence that is being used in court, Lynne Blanchard hopes to help those who are voiceless.
Wrongful Conviction Blog
This blog covers all issues related to wrongful convictions. This blog forum allows individuals who are well versed in the subject of wrongful convictions to send in their post that covers a specific issue within the topic of wrongful convictions. This blog is updated frequently as they post the pieces from attorneys or other professionals in the field as they come.
Blind Injustice by
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
In Blind Injustice, Godsey explores distinct psychological human weaknesses inherent in the criminal justice system--confirmation bias, memory malleability, cognitive dissonance, bureaucratic denial, dehumanization, and others--and illustrates each with stories from his time as a hard-nosed prosecutor and then as an attorney for the Ohio Innocence Project. He also lays bare the criminal justice system's internal political pressures. How does the fact that judges, sheriffs, and prosecutors are elected officials influence how they view cases? How can defense attorneys support clients when many are overworked and underpaid? And how do juries overcome bias leading them to believe that police and expert witnesses know more than they do about what evidence means? This book sheds a harsh light on the unintentional yet routine injustices committed by those charged with upholding justice. Yet in the end, Godsey recommends structural, procedural, and attitudinal changes aimed at restoring justice to the criminal justice system. This resource is available through the Ellis Library or online.
The Innocent Man by
Publication Date: 2006-10-10
John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits--drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row. If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.
Race and Justice by
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
In this investigation of some 350 wrongful convictions of African American men, Marvin Free and Mitch Ruesink critically examine how issues of race undercut the larger goals of our criminal justice system. Free and Ruesink expand the focus of wrongful conviction studies to include not only homicide, but also sexual assault, drug dealing, and nonviolent crime. Their careful analysis reveals that black men accused of crimes against white victims account for a disproportionate number of wrongful convictions. They also uncover other disturbing failings on the part of prosecutors, police, witnesses, and informants. Highlighting the systemic role of race, the authors challenge us to move past the just a few bad apples explanation and to instead examine what it is about our criminal justice system that allows the innocent to be judged guilty.This resource is available through the Ellis Library or online.
Wrongful Conviction by
Publication Date: 2008-07-28
Imperfections in the criminal justice system have long intrigued the general public and worried scholars and legal practitioners. In "Wrongful Conviction," criminologists C. Ronald Huff and Martin Killias present an important collection of essays that analyzes cases of injustice across an array of legal systems, with contributors from North America, Europe and Israel. This collection includes a number of well-developed public-policy recommendations intended to reduce the instances of courts punishing innocents. It also offers suggestions for compensating more fairly those who are wrongfully convicted. This resource is available through the Ellis Library or online.
Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform by
Publication Date: 2013-11-01
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.
The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. This is an amazing resource for those who have been wrongfully convicted as this project takes on cases for free. Their essential goals is to free those who the criminal justice system has failed.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
The National Criminal Justice Reference Services was established in 1972, and it is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to those who need it.This organization provides free services to those who have been wrongfully convicted.
CONTRIBUTOR TO THE FIELD
"Rodney J. Uphoff is the first Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at MU, where he also served as the associate dean of academic affairs for three years. Professor Uphoff has written numerous articles on criminal defense practice, the delivery of indigent defense services and ethical issues facing those involved in the criminal justice system. Further, Professor Uphoff has written an article Systematic Barriers to Effective Assistance of Counsel in Plea Bargaining, which highlights the importance of an attorney being an advocate for their client in a way that serves the clients best interest."