Innocent people confess because they are terrified and confused and exhausted

Innocent people confess because they are terrified

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threat of force. “Innocent people confess because they are terrified and confused and exhausted; because they are deceived or tricked; because they do not understand what they are doing; because they feel hopeless and helpless and isolated” (Gross and Possley, 2016). Rivera was young and could be easily manipulated into confessing to a crime that he did not commit. Another circumstance that leads to wrongful convictions is seen when procedures of forensic science are not applied accurately. Many exoneration cases have revealed to have many errors in the application of forensic science. The accuracy of results comes into question. Scientific fraud of forensic evidence second to misidentification is one of the most substantial circumstances for wrongful convictions (Giannelli, 2006). The scientists are sloppy, some may be incompetent, and others are corrupt (Giannelli, 2006). This would entail that some forensic scientist lie and commit serious offenses in altering or presenting any type of false evidence. They have the ability to produce fake autopsies and lab report, and forge fingerprints. Many cases rely heavily on the forensic evidence to tie in the missing pieces of the cases. This also helps the prosecutor when presenting his case. The forensic evidence can also help in the process of exoneration. Forensic evidence can be manipulated but will always be a beneficial part of any trial. Effects The effects of wrongful convictions can be very detrimental to society. It takes a toll on the individual convicted, their family, and even their community. It causes distrust within the police-community relations. People begin to become uncooperative and make the officers job harder than what it should be. This conviction takes away an innocent person’s life. Their mental health can deteriorate, and they lose a sense of innocence. The criminal justice system is made to rehabilitate criminals, but easily it has
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SOLUTIONS FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS Christmas 8 become a place of punishment for the guilty and innocent alike. Once placed behind bar everyone is guilty until proven innocent. Negative press surrounds any wrongful conviction. This further decreases societies faith in the criminal justice system. If there is a prison full of those who are wrongfully convicted, it increases the overcrowding of the prison. Living conditions continue to decline also. Wrongful Convictions cause the innocent and the guilty alike to proclaim their innocence. The guilty can now piggyback off of the innocent. This can be detrimental because time can be wasted on someone who is truly guilty. This makes it hard for those that are telling the truth. For decades this issue has gone unnoticed, and it has caused many innocent people to lose their life in the process. Now we are in a time where more and more people are proclaiming their innocence, and cases are now being revisited. This is not an easy task, and it will not become any easier.
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