Miscarriages of justice in Canada: causes, responses, remedies

"Innocent people are regularly convicted of crimes they did not commit. A number of systemic factors have been found to contribute to wrongful convictions, including eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, informant testimony, official misconduct, and faulty forensic evidence. In Misca...

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Main Author: Campbell, Kathryn M.
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: Toronto Buffalo London University of Toronto Press [2018]
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Summary:"Innocent people are regularly convicted of crimes they did not commit. A number of systemic factors have been found to contribute to wrongful convictions, including eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, informant testimony, official misconduct, and faulty forensic evidence. In Miscarriages of Justice in Canada, Kathryn M. Campbell offers an extensive overview of wrongful convictions, bringing together current sociological, criminological, and legal research, as well as current case-law examples. For the first time, information on all known and suspected cases of wrongful conviction in Canada is included and interspersed with discussions of how wrongful convictions happen, how existing remedies to rectify them are inadequate, and how those who have been victimized by these errors are rarely compensated. Campbell reveals that the causes of wrongful convictions are, in fact, avoidable, and that those in the criminal justice system must exercise greater vigilance and openness to the possibility of error if the problem of wrongful conviction is to be resolved."--
Introduction -- Part 1. Factors contributing to miscarriages of justice -- Eyewitness identification and misidentification -- The role of legal professionals in contributing to wrongful convictions : police -- The role of legal professionals in contributing to wrongful convictions : prosecutors, defence counsel, and the judiciary -- False confessions -- Jailhouse informants -- Part 2. Evidentiary detection methods : missteps and innovations -- DNA evidence : raising the bar -- Forensic evidence and expert testimony -- Part 3. Responses to miscarriages of justice -- Conventional remedies through the courts and conviction review -- Commissions of inquiry : lessons learned -- Compensation: the "obstacle course" -- The impact of public lobbying on wrongful convictions : the role of the media, lobby groups, and innocence projects -- Lessons from other jurisdictions -- Final conclusions
Item Description:Bibliographie: Seite 389-416. - Index: Seite 417-423
Physical Description:xvi, 423 Seiten 26 cm
ISBN:0802094066
0802091245
9780802094063
9780802091246