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Kennesaw State University Wrongful Convictions in the Criminal Justice System Research paper

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I’m trying to study for my Law course and I need some help to understand this question.

need a research paper to be completed by 3/28. Its for a my police in america criminal justice class

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Running head: WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Wrongful Convictions in the Criminal Justice System
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WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

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Wrongful Convictions in the Criminal Justice System
Introduction
The courts and the criminal justice system of the USA are supposed to be at the frontline
in promoting justice. However, there are numerous innocent individuals in the jails and prisons
of the country. Cases of innocent individuals being sent to jail or prisons have increased in recent
years. Most of the cases are identified after the person has spent several months or years in
prison. This is very unfair for such individuals. They are robbed their freedom, dignity, time and
financial resources (Garrett, 2020). Some of the criminal charges that the innocent individuals
face in courts include murder and other serious crimes that have serious charges. There are
numerous reasons why cases of wrongful convictions occur in courts.
The main objective of the paper is to analyze various findings on factors that lead to
wrongful convictions in courts. The paper will provide a discussion on what the textbook says
about wrongful convictions in the country. The paper will provide some of the best practices
that have been recommended by the textbook including how it will answer my research questions
relating to wrongful convictions. The paper will also provide a summary of the findings on
factors that contribute to wrongful convictions according to peer-reviewed sources. Details of
what academics say regarding the issue will also be discussed. An appropriate example from the
peer-reviewed sources will be included.
The other section that will be included in the paper is what the community says about the
issue. This will be drawn from the interviews that were carried out and the responses that were
given by the community members. The paper will conclude by giving out the best practices and
suggestions based on the findings of factors that lead to wrongful conviction. The conclusion

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will entail an explanation of what I have learned, the discrepancies across the three sources, the
similarities and the conclusion that can be made by others about policing based on my work. The
thesis statement of the paper is research on factors that lead to wrongful convictions and its
discrepancies between racial groups based on the findings of the textbook, peer-review research
and what the community says. The research question of the paper is what factors impact
wrongful conviction? Are there disparities between racial or ethnic groups and if so why?
What the Textbook Says about It
The textbook that has been analyzed is known as Wrongful Convictions and the DNA
revolution by (Medwed, 2017). The textbook states that the criminal justice system had a lot of
flaws even before the introduction and use of the DNA mechanisms. There were cases of eye
witness misidentification, the innocent individuals confessing the crimes that they did not
commit and forensic science relying on uncertain scientific principles. Medwed (2017) states that
the introduction and the use of DNA tests were expected to reduce cases of wrongful
convictions. The use of DNA however, led to several errors being made causing wrongful
convictions against the innocent individuals.
The textbook has indicated that before DNA method was introduced in the criminal
justice system, individuals had a strong belief of a possibility of an error to occur. After the
introduction of the DNA method, it was difficult to deny the outcome after the DNA tests or
consider them to have an error. This, in turn, led to numerous cases of innocent people being
convicted. The textbook has however given out one advantage of the introduction of the DNA
system. The advantage is that certain cases of wrongful convictions can be identifi...

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