When law fails : making sense of miscarriages of justice / edited by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Sarat.

Ogletree, Charles J. [Browse]
New York : New York University Press, ©2009.
1 online resource (ix, 349 pages.)


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Since 1989, there have been over 200 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States. On the surface, the release of innocent people from prison could be seen as a victory for the criminal justice system: the wrong person went to jail, but the mistake was fixed and the accused set free. A closer look at miscarriages of justice, however, reveals that such errors are not aberrations but deeply revealing, common features of our legal system. The ten original essays in When Law Fails view wrongful convictions not as random mistakes but as organic outcomes of a misshaped larger system that is.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Electronic reproduction. New York Available via World Wide Web.
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  • 0814762557 (electronic bk.)
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