Wrongful Conviction Rate in U.S.

A relatively new study has predicted that there are 5,000 to 10,000 wrongful convictions per year in the United States.

The conclusion of the study states that the ultimate question is whether the possibility of  at least 2,000 innocent defendants going to prison every year and another 3,000 receiving lesser felony sentences should move the innocence reform agenda. In addition, it compares the justice system to a hospital, stating that most Americans would say that one out of 100 or 200 unnecessary infections contracted by hospital patients because of preventable systematic problems is too high–so, too, is one out of 100 or 200 innocent defendants convicted of felonies because of a range of preventable systematic errors by the justice system.

Click here to view “New Study Predicts Wrongful Conviction Rate in U.S. at 5,000 to 10,000 Per Year” by Professor Marvin Zalman and the full article.

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