Essay about Wrongful Convictions
WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS AND VIOLATIONS OF CIVIL LIBERTIES
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia
Wrongful Convictions and Violations of Civil Liberties
Abstract: Over the past twenty years, advancement in DNA technology has directly led to the exoneration of nearly 300 people in the United States. In addition to these scientific advancements, a growing body of literature has focused on the significant roles eyewitness misidentification, so-called “jailhouse snitches,” and false confessions have played in contributing to wrongful convictions in U.S. courts. The aim of this paper is to examine the …show more content…
Wrongful convictions are widespread in the United States; nevertheless, wrongful convictions are not unique to the modern society. Moulton (1937) argues that wrongful convictions have been there throughout history. The research on wrongful convictions has a relatively long history in the United States. For the last one century, various researchers have recorded various convictions of innocent individuals, as well as their causes and impacts. The very first documented case of wrongful conviction in the United States took place in 1812. Russell Colvin went missing from Manchester and suspicion of foul play fell on Jesse and Stephen Boorn, his brothers-in-law.