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No doubt you’re all aware that “criminals” are being exonerated more and more frequently. If these wrongful convictions don’t bother you, then shame on you.

There is a National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of the Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. Take a look.

Various state and district court systems have established “conviction integrity units”, or equivalent, with the mission of reinvestigating cases of possible false conviction. I was surprised to learn that one of the first was in Dallas, TX. I’d always thought of the Texas justice system as incapable of admitting a mistake, so I owe them an apology. At the State level, however, the equivalent commission is subject to political meddling; so I take back half of my apology.

Connecticut has put in place three measures to prevent false convictions (excerpted from a Hartford Courant editorial of 2012-05-30):

  • The first is tightening eyewitness identification procedures
  • The second is the audiovisual recording of custodial interrogations
  • The third is the¬†Connecticut Innocence Project, which is part of the Division of Public Defender Services

Good for Connecticut. Let’s hope that all of the other states will do the same.