Commissioning Innocence and Restoring Confidence: The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission and the Missing Deliberative Citizen

22 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2012 Last revised: 28 Mar 2015

Mary Kelly Tate

University of Richmond - School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Since 1989, the United States has witnessed 289 DNA exonerations, with exonerees serving an average of thirteen years in prison.2 Although DNA and its unmatched power for conclusive results is what brought popular attention to wrongful convictions, the scope of the problem is vastly larger than the number of known DNA exonerations.3 The actual number of convicted individuals who are factually innocent is unknown. The state of North Carolina has recently responded to this national crisis via a newly created state agency. This essay applauds North Carolina’s response, but urges that ordinary citizens, qua jurors, be active participants in its important work.

Keywords: wrongful convictions, innocence, DNA, innocence commissions, criminal law

Suggested Citation

Tate, Mary Kelly, Commissioning Innocence and Restoring Confidence: The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission and the Missing Deliberative Citizen (2012). Maine Law Review, Vol. 64, No. 2, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2112237

Mary Kelly Tate (Contact Author)

University of Richmond - School of Law ( email )

28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
United States

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