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When Justice Fails book jacket View Table of Contents and Introductory Material
ISBN978-1-61163-856-1
e-ISBN978-1-5310-0493-4

When Justice Fails

Causes and Consequences of Wrongful Convictions

by Robert J. Norris, Catherine L. Bonventre, James R. Acker

2018 $45.00 278 pp paper

Tags: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty/Capital Punishment, Wrongful Conviction

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Wrongful convictions have become a prominent concern in state and federal systems of justice. As thousands of innocent prisoners have been freed in the United States in the past few decades, social science researchers and legal actors have produced a wealth of new insights about how and why mistakes occur and what can be done to help prevent further injustices. 

When Justice Fails surveys the field of innocence scholarship to offer an overview of the key research, legal, and policy issues associated with wrongful convictions. Topics include the leading sources of error, the detection and correction of miscarriages of justice, the aftermath of wrongful convictions, and more. The volume includes references to historic and contemporary instances of miscarriages of justice and presents information gleaned from media sources about the cases and related policy issues. The book is ideally suited for use in undergraduate classes which focus on wrongful convictions and the administration of justice.

PowerPoint slides are available to professors upon adoption of this book. You can download a sample of the full 139-slide presentation here. If you have adopted the book for a course, contact bhall@cap-press.com to request the PowerPoint slides.

“I will continue to frequently open this book and read it to make myself a better police officer and to pass on knowledge to do my part in preventing wrongful convictions.” — Earthen McEachen, Senior Capstone student at Curry College in Boston


Complimentary Copy RequestIf you are a professor teaching in this field you may request a complimentary copy.

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