Learning from Wrongful Convictions
Learning from Wrongful Convictions will explore some of the main factors that have led to wrongful convictions across the United States. Using actual cases in which the accused has been exonerated, students will develop an understanding of how forensic science, social science, police officers, prosecutors, and defense attorneys have all contributed to various cases of wrongful convictions. Students will then examine what the criminal justice system can do to prevent wrongful convictions in the future and present a paper detailing a proposed solution to one of the issues discussed. Learning will come from readings, class discussions and guest speakers.