Innocence Found: The New Revolution in American Criminal Justice

Chapter One in Controversies in Innocence Cases in America (Sarah Lucy Cooper, ed., Ashgate Publishing 2014)

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1263

5 Pages Posted: 30 May 2014

See all articles by Keith A. Findley

Keith A. Findley

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: May 28, 2014

Abstract

This short extract -- the first four pages of Chapter 1 in an edited volume, Controversies in Innocence Cases in America -- begins to describe the history and significance of the Innocence Movement in the American Criminal Justice System. The full chapter traces the origins of the innocence organizations that came together to form the Innocence Network and fostered the new Innocence Movement, the manner in which the Innocence Movement has created an impetus and model for criminal justice reform that shifts the focus from the Warren Court's due process revolution of the 1960s to a more substantive focus on reliability. In this framework, the chapter then considers some of the specific reforms that have emerged from the Innocence Movement's focus on substantive justice, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Keywords: Innocence Project, Innocence Movement, Innocence Network, Wrongful Conviction, death penalty, Warren Court, eyewitness identification, false confessions, forensic science, DNA

JEL Classification: K41

Suggested Citation

Findley, Keith A., Innocence Found: The New Revolution in American Criminal Justice (May 28, 2014). Chapter One in Controversies in Innocence Cases in America (Sarah Lucy Cooper, ed., Ashgate Publishing 2014); Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1263. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2443124

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