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Actual Innocence and Wrongful Convictions

Academy for Justice, A Report on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform (Erik Luna ed., 2017 Forthcoming) 

Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2017-20

16 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2017 Last revised: 5 May 2017

Brandon L. Garrett

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: April 27, 2017

Abstract

In response to wrongful convictions, there has been a revolution in criminal procedure and in research in law and science. Scholars have increasingly studied the characteristics of known wrongful conviction cases and they have conducted interdisciplinary research designed to assess potential changes to procedures used in criminal cases. Scientific bodies have made important recommendations based on this research, and in response, a wide range of jurisdictions have adopted noteworthy changes designed to safeguard crucial types of evidence, such as confession, forensic, and eyewitness evidence, during police investigations and at trial. As a result, both law and science have come together to produce tangible improvements to criminal justice.

Suggested Citation

Garrett, Brandon L., Actual Innocence and Wrongful Convictions (April 27, 2017). Academy for Justice, A Report on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform (Erik Luna ed., 2017 Forthcoming) ; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2017-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2959570

Brandon L. Garrett (Contact Author)

University of Virginia School of Law ( email )

580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

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