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ERIC Number: EJ931408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun-23
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Justice for All
Ruffins, Paul
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v28 n10 p16-17 Jun 2011
The first Innocence Project (IP) was founded in 1992 by attorneys Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The original goal was to free people whose innocence could be proven using DNA. So far, IPs have helped free nearly 300 men and women who had served an average of 13 years for crimes they didn't commit. Seventeen were on death row. Overturning the convictions of 271 inmates is a real victory for fairness. Yet, the greatest significance of the IPs has been to expose the continuous and systematic errors, flaws and sometimes deliberate police and prosecutorial misconduct that causes America's criminal justice system to convict innocent people, who are most often Black or Latino and always working class or poor. IPs do the detailed research and detective work the local police, or the suspect's lawyer, didn't do correctly the first time, then use the new information to force the DNA testing and/or new trials that would prove innocence. According to the IP, faulty eyewitness testimony is the worst problem everywhere, followed by false confessions, junk science, the use of snitches and informants, poor lawyering and deliberate government misconduct.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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