Beyond assisting our clients with their claims of actual innocence in court, we also try to address the systemic problems in the criminal legal system that cause innocent people to be convicted of crimes they did not commit. Learn more about common causes of wrongful conviction and what can be done to prevent them.
Scholars, lawyers, and courts around the country are pushing for reforms that will challenge the long-held assumptions on the reliability of eyewitness testimony.
It may seem inconceivable that a defendant would give a false confession, and yet it is an extraordinarily common occurrence.
Many practices and procedures meant to be scientifically rigorous ways of testing evidence have been proven false — as have the convictions they helped to secure.
According to the National Registry of Exonerations, in roughly 1 in 5 cases where someone was wrongfully convicted and ultimately exonerated, an inadequate legal defense was a contributing factor.
Police & Prosecutorial Misconduct
Many wrongful convictions can be traced back to constitutional violations committed by the investigating police officers and/or prosecutors involved.