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Not Guilty: Are the Acquitted Innocent?

Daniel Givelber and Amy Farrell

Abstract

As scores of death row inmates are exonerated by DNA evidence and innocence commissions are set up across the country, conviction of the innocent has become a well-recognized problem. But the U.S. justice system makes both kinds of errors—we acquit the guilty and convict the innocent—and exploring the reasons why people are acquitted can help us to evaluate the efficiency and fairness of the U.S. criminal justice system. This book provides a sustained examination and analysis of the factors that lead juries to find defendants “not guilty,” as well as the connection between those factors and th ... More

Keywords: death row, DNA evidence, innocence commissions, U.S. justice system, criminal justice system, not guilty verdicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814732175
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732175.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Givelber, author

Amy Farrell, author