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Primary Factors Contributing to Wrongful Convictions

Thesis Statement
RQ: What are the primary factors that contribute to the wrongful conviction and incarceration of individuals by the criminal justice system?

Briefly identify your working solution to the problem. How might your working solution solve the problem? Be sure to note here that your working solution will evolve through continued research and analysis.

Measurement and Analysis Approach
• Define the key points you will research and how you will gather and analyze the data you find. Intend to incorporate information related to technology and crime statistics that apply to your issue.

Applicable Resources
• Identify 5 sources that best support your purpose statement. List the sources and then record the main idea as notes to use as part of your research later. Identify case studies, library, Web, and other scholarly resources.
Ethical Standards
• What are your ethical and legal responsibilities to ensure your final report will be of the highest ethical standards?

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Step 1
Your Thesis statement: The primary factors that contribute to the wrongful conviction and incarceration of individuals by the criminal justice system include eye witness misidentification. This is considered to be the most important cause of wrongful incarceration. In addition, the application of forensic tests methods that have little or no scientific validity with inadequate assessments of their significance or reliability. This is called junk science cause. Another important cause is false confessions. The victim during interrogation confesses to a crime he never committed. Government misconduct is also a cause of wrong conviction. Snitches also lead to wrong convictions. The jury does not know what snitches have received. Finally, bad lawyering, where the lawyers do not investigate properly, call witnesses, or prepare for trial, leads to conviction of innocent people. Hearsay and questionable circumstantial evidence has also led to innocent people being convicted.

Step 2
The working solution to the problem is that if eyewitness error, wrong forensic methods, government misconduct, snitch testimony, and false confessions are eliminated, fewer innocent people will be convicted. Further, ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains research on wrongful convictions. The sources used are also included in the solution.