Wrongful Felony Convictions in the United States

Allison S. Fuller, University at Albany

In the initial wake of the moratorium placed on executions in Illinois and the eventual commutation of Illinois death row inmates sentences, the subject of wrongful conviction has become more obvious in the public eye. However, there are identifiable cases of wrongful conviction that date back to the Salem witch trials. This project is a broad overview of the problem of wrongful felony convictions entailing extensive research (1) documenting the extent of the problem of wrongful felony convictions, (2) discovering the reasons why people are wrongfully convicted, and (3) finding ways in which the problem can be alleviated.

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Updated 05/20/2006