How Victims And The Innocent Convicted Are Treated By The Criminal Justice System

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This next section will discuss how victims and the innocent convicted are treated by the criminal justice system. Victims and the innocent criminal are being mistreated by the system itself. The wrongfully convicted individual was intentionally harmed by the criminal justice system because of the lack of expertise in evidence gathering. Donald Marshall, Jr. was a Mi’kmaq man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. This case raised many questions of whether the Canadian criminal justice system has any fairness and equality, especially since Marshall was an Aboriginal man. Marshall spent 11 years in jail before being acquitted by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in 1983. It took 11 years for Marshall to be released from imprisonment, and considering the fact that he died at the age 55, and was around teen age when arrested (Butts, 2009). Marshall was still quite young and lost his adolescent years spending time in confinement for a crime he did not commit. After 11 years, a witness came forward claiming that he had seen another man committing the crime. The problem with this is that the police may or may not have neglected any further investigations. It took so many years for the court to find out that a man was wrongfully convicted. The criminal justice system fails to ensure the fundamental rights and protection. However, the judge at hand placed some blame on Marshall because of the assumption that he lied during his trial about the activities of him and the victim (Butts,…

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