10,000 INNOCENT PEOPLE CONVICTED EACH YEAR, IN AMERICA STUDY SHOWS. Judges-Prosecutors and Police to Blame

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10,000 INNOCENT PEOPLE CONVICTED EACH YEAR, IN AMERICA STUDY SHOWS. Judges-Prosecutors and Police to Blame

10,000 INNOCENT PEOPLE CONVICTED EACH YEAR, IN AMERICA STUDY SHOWS. Judges-Prosecutors and Police to Blame

by Vernon Mayes on

    About 10,000 people in the United States may be wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year, a new study suggests. The results are based on a survey of 188 judges, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders, sheriffs and police chiefs in Ohio and 41 state attorneys general. The study also found that the most important factor leading to wrongful conviction is eyewitness misidentification. These findings are included in the new book Convicted But Innocent: Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy (Sage Publications, 1996). The book was written by C. Ronald Huff, director of the Criminal Justice Research Center and the School of Public Policy…

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