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Prosecution Complex: America's Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent

Daniel S. Medwed


American prosecutors are asked to play two roles within the criminal justice system: they are supposed to be ministers of justice whose only goals are to ensure fair trials—and they are also advocates of the government whose success rates are measured by how many convictions they get. Because of this second role, sometimes prosecutors suppress evidence in order to establish a defendant's guilt and safeguard that conviction over time. This book shows how prosecutors are told to lock up criminals and protect the rights of defendants. This double role creates an institutional “prosecution complex ... More

Keywords: criminal justice system, prosecutors, fair trial, conviction, district attorneys, defendants, evidence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814796245
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814796245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel S. Medwed, author