Essay on Wrongful Convictions : Stepping Back

751 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
In chapter 10 of Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward our authors Take a look into our plea-bargaining systems role into wrongful convictions. According to our authors plea- bargaining dispose of roughly 95 % of adjudicated criminal cases (Maguire, Tbls. 5.24.2008, 5.46.2006). Over my years of taking criminal justice course I have learned to so many innocent people actually plead guilty to crimes they did not commit. DNA evidence which lead to an exoneration is evidence of just that. Wrongful convictions produce out of our Plea Bargaining are much less likely to result in an exoneration due to the defendants own admittance. As we have learned, there are many reasons to why a innocent man may plead guiltily for a crime he or she did not commit. Redlich suggests that this is due to several different reasons First, most guilty pleas waive most claims and the right to appeal as sort of collateral damage. Secondly, our authors suggest that the overwhelming majority of cases do not contain DNA evidence rather more circumstantial evidence. Third, Redlich’s suggest that exposure of incentives for law enforcement and prosecutor’s is present in a majority of these plea bargaining deals. The final reason, and the most important is that people do not have faith in the justice system and would rather take their chances with a deal as appose to a jury.

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