The issue of wrongful convictions is a problem that has haunted court systems throughout the United States. The news depicts individuals being saved from death row when new evidence arrives or when evidence that was provided is proved to be false. Judges have always been expected to decipher and correctly judge every case, specifically pertaining to criminal acts. The expectations derive from the nature of individuals' lives being in the hands of the judgment of the particular judge.
Please write your paper to answer the following questions. The answer or opinion must be supported by an academic source or real-life criminal justice finding.
How common is it for an individual to be wrongfully convicted in the criminal justice system?
Is the United States court system judged fairly in this manner by the public?
What do you think is a reason why an innocent person is convicted of committing a crime that he or she did not commit? Are there rules or measures that can be put in place to prevent future wrongful convictions?
Does the court system have adequate protections in place minimizing the risk that innocent people could be convicted and then punished even though they are innocent? What additional protections would you recommend?
Are wrongful convictions an issue common only to the United States Judicial system, or are they common in the judicial systems of other countries? Look at 3 other countries to compare.
Your paper should include specific references and demonstrate knowledge of the criminal justice system, guiding theories, and administrative practices. You will be graded on the clarity of the analysis, recommendations, and the presentation.
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Identify and define the various components of the criminal justice system
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Explain and critique the various criminological theories as they relate to crime causation
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In today’s society, many people have been accused for crimes that they did not commit. Some receive compensation for damages and others are still pending compensation due to jurisdictional laws; which wrongful convictions of wrongfully accused in the court systems throughout the United States. I will analyze and address how is if for an individual to be wrongfully convicted in the criminal justice system. I will investigate the perceptions of justice in the courts, and current and comparative research (which include death and non-death research). I will provide case synopsis of wrongfully accused prisoners, such as: Anthony Graves, Clarence Brandley, and Dewey Bozella.
The intent of this paper is to explain the wrongful convictions of wrongfully accused in the court systems throughout the United States. I will address how is if for an individual to be wrongfully convicted in the criminal justice system. I will examine the perceptions of justice in the courts, and current and comparative research (which include death and non-death research). I will provide case synopsis of wrongfully accused prisoners, such as: Anthony Graves, Clarence Brandley, and Dewey Bozella.
Perceptions of Justice in the Courts
According to Roberts & Doob (1990), the media plays a major role in the perceptions of justice in the courts without knowing all of the facts before airtime. However, the media is protected under the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution of freedom of speech, press, religion, and expression. The media is able to edit and manipulate the story which causes the public to get on the defense with a negative perception of the justice and courts decision (Roberts & Doob, 1990).
In today’s society, the media, race, and politics plays a major role in judicial determination of cases, which evidence proven to be unwarranted, which sealed the fate of wrongfully accused defendants. A trial-by-jury or a bench trial can also cause mayhem in the courtroom, along with the victim’s family and the nature of the crime that was committed for media coverage, as cited in Overby, et. al. (2004).
According to Gould & Leo (2010), being wrongfully accused can damage families and cause the prisoner to be isolated and confined behind bars. The prisoner that is wrongfully accused have to wait for appeals by defense counsel to have the grant a new hearing. However, the defense counsel must show beyond a reasonable doubt that his client is innocent until proven guilty. Once the court established a new...