Wrongful Conviction: A Cross-National Analysis

C. Ronald Huff, University of California, Irvine

Recent high-profile cases of wrongful conviction, often involving DNA exonerations, have brought increasing attention to this problem. While the major focus of discussion has been in the United States, other nations have also experienced wrongful convictions. Since this problem occurs across nations, cultures, and different types of justice systems, it is useful to analyze the factors that may exacerbate or inhibit such errors in various nations and different types of justice systems. This paper presents a comparative analysis of wrongful conviction, based on the author's research over several years and the research of other scholars who participated in an international workshop in Switzerland for which the author was co-organizer (with Martin Killias, University of Lausanne).

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