Wrongful Convictions In The 21st Century

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In chapter 13 of wrongful convictions: stepping back, moving forward our authors look into the publics role in our justice system and the interest in innocence that swept the nation. According to DPIC, the increase in attention to innocence in the 21st century I due to several factors. First our authors suggest that the creation of various centers and projects focusing on exonerating the wrongfully convicted arose throughout the states. Different projects ranging from the nationally know projects like The Innocence project in 1992 and several university based projects that where all dedicated to helping the wrongfully convicted. These groups took a focus on cases in which police brutality was discovered or suspected and when forced confessions where suspected. Our author offer several examples of high profile cases that where a result of some of these exonerations groups. Moreover, they also provide a way to move forward and make things right between the state and the …show more content…
With this massive discovery, more determined college students and professors took it upon themselves to create their own focus groups. Our authors suggest that attention brought to wrongful convictions has had a enormous impact nationally, in particular public opinion on capital punishment. Our author suggests that Public and media have had such a huge impact on exonerations that it has transformed the way the public views the death penalty. Consequently, our authors suggest that “it is fair to conclude that public policy response to wrongful convictions, at least with regards to capital punishment, has been substantial, relatively swift and very progressive “. With this increase of exoneration, more people are asking what can be done to prevent innocent civilians from being executed or