Rethinking the Study of Miscarriages of Justice: Developing a Criminology of Wrongful Conviction

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 201-223, 2005

23 Pages Posted: 24 May 2008 Last revised: 14 Oct 2009

Richard A. Leo

University of San Francisco - School of Law

Abstract

This article critically analyzes the scholarship on miscarriages of justice to date and makes specific methodological and theoretical suggestions about how criminologists and other social scientists might develop the study of wrongful conviction into a more sophisticated and generalizable body of social scientific knowledge. The article describes and critiques the historical development of miscarriages scholarship and suggests specific strategies for developing a more empirically diverse, methodologically sophisticated, and theoretically oriented criminology of wrongful conviction.

Keywords: criminal procedure, miscarriage of justice, law enforcement, wrongful conviction, criminology, empirical legal research

Suggested Citation

Leo, Richard A., Rethinking the Study of Miscarriages of Justice: Developing a Criminology of Wrongful Conviction. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 201-223, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136962

Richard A. Leo (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco - School of Law ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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