An Integrated Justice Model of Wrongful Convictions

60 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2017

Date Written: 2011


The innocence movement is a policy oriented enterprise consisting of activities by lawyers, cognitive and social psychologists, other social scientists, legal scholars, government personnel, journalists, documentarians, freelance writers, and citizen activists who, since the mid-1990s, have worked to free innocent prisoners and rectify perceived causes of miscarriages of justice. It developed in the 1980s and is driven by a socially constructed innocence paradigm that proposes reforms especially related to eyewitness misidentification, false convictions, expanded legal counsel, eliminating the use of jailhouse snitches, curbing prosecutorial misconduct and the like. As a policy movement, change must attend to the practices, beliefs and interests of people in the adversary, law enforcement, psychology, forensic science and polity domains.

Keywords: Wrongful Conviciton, Innocence Movement, Innocence Paradigm, Innocence Reform

Suggested Citation

Zalman, Marvin, An Integrated Justice Model of Wrongful Convictions (2011). Albany Law Review, Vol. 74, No. 3, 2011, Available at SSRN:

Marvin Zalman (Contact Author)

Wayne State University ( email )

Department of Physiology, Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
United States

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