Preventing Wrongful Convictions
Wrongful convictions are often the result of errors made by more than one component of the criminal justice system. The latest New Perspectives in Policing paper, "Policing and Wrongful Convictions," focuses on the specific steps law enforcement can take as they lead the way toward science-based changes that will improve the accuracy of identification, for example, and procedures for handling evidence. The authors also suggest ways law enforcement can proactively investigate wrongful convictions.
Read the full report (pdf, 32 pages).
Learn more about NIJ research on wrongful convictions.