chapter  18
24 Pages

Wrongful Convictions, and Miscarriages of Justice – What Did We Learn?

ByMartin Killias, C. Ronald Huff

At the end of an edited book, it is not the editors’ job to simply summarize the preceding chapters, but instead it is generally expected that they will offer some “take-away” messages. To comply with our readers’ expectations, what messages can we offer? We shall try to review:

(1) what we understand by “wrongful” in this context; (2) the size of the problem; (3) current knowledge about major sources of wrongful convictions,

including errors in forensic science; (4) the role of prosecutors and other key players in criminal justice

procedure; (5) the role of procedural systems; (6) the consequences of wrongful convictions beyond exoneration; (7) possible remedies.