The Causes of Wrongful Convictions

DNA is a "God send" for wrongfully convicted individuals. Since DNA testing began in 1989, it has unequivocally proven that a significant number people – more than 300 – have been wholly innocent. This advance in forensic technology created the first significant set of data permitting the examination of patterns and systemic causes of wrongful convictions, from both a scholarly and 'in the trenches' perspective. However, there is no correlation between DNA and innocence. DNA convicts more people than it exonerates. Most think that DNA is only in abouyt 10% of wrongful conviction cases.

While the causes are legion, they have been broken down into common sense categories, some of which are presented in this section.

Below are some works which deal with all causes of wrongful convictions

Predicting Erroneous Convictions: A Social Science Approach to Miscarriages of Justice by Jon Gould