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Solutions DNA testing has been the go-to for exonerations of wrongful convictions. Ramsey and Frank state, [Developments in forensic DNA technology during the past 20 years can be credited for shedding some light on the frequency issue. The Innocence Project, an independent nonprofit legal clinic and resource center founded in 1992 at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, handles and keeps track of cases where postconviction DNA testing of evidence has yielded conclusive proof of innocence] (Ramsey and Frank, 2007). Although DNA testing would be the go-to after conviction. There are things that can be done before conviction that will decrease the number of wrongful convictions. Law enforcement officers could step up in many areas. They are the first responders, the first to gather and preserve evidence, and also the first to seek or speak to witnesses. Batts, Delone, and Stephens state that the officers and their leaders should, “adopt best practices that can reduce wrongful convictions and lead to the
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SOLUTIONS FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS Christmas 9 correct perpetrator, (2) embrace a culture of learning from error that works to understand when errors or near misses occur, and (3) develop investigative practices that continuously challenge the unwarranted assumption — shared by witnesses, investigators and attorneys — that we are always right” (Batts, Delone, and Stephens, 2014). Law enforcement officers should take many accounts into consideration when interviewing “eyewitnesses”. They should always try to align their testimony with evidence, ensuring that it is as accurate as possible. Also, by not focusing too much on one lead it can eliminate the tunnel vision effect that is placed on most cases. They would be then weighing their options and focusing on every possible suspect in the case. Prosecutors should also seek to do the right thing no matter the outcome. Bishop and Osler state that, “part of prosecutors' resistance to working with those investigating wrongful convictions comes from the deep emotional commitment they have to the convictions they have obtained. This commitment is a result of their role as the party obtaining the conviction” (Bishop and Osler 2015). To add, bishop and Osler state that “despite this deep conflict, prosecutors must be part of the coalition to address wrongful convictions if the movement is to have a broad and deep impact” (Bishop and Osler 2015). Christian Perspective As Christians there are many situations that occur that may cause us to act un- Christ-like. This is why it is important to go back to our guiding principles in every situation. Praying and asking for discernment before taking on a case, acting and speaking with truth at all times, and being fair in all things; may ensure a better outcome. The bible tells us, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4-1 ESV). To add. The bible also states, “for the word of God is living and
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