Convicting the Innocent

With the power of scientific development such as DNA, countries are now having to grapple with the stark reality, and not merely a belief, that miscarriages of justice have occurred on a significant scale.  The studies on the causes of wrongful convictions show patterns that are both chilling and disconcerting.  In this paper, the author traces through the studies that have been done in Canada, England and the United States, with some commentary on the situation in Australia and New Zealand.  He examines the sources of wrongful convictions and concludes the paper with a series of practical recommendations on how wrongful convictions can be avoided in the future.