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Quantifying the Rate of Wrongful Convictions

2012 February 24
by Alex Coolman

There’s a really intriguing post on the Wrongful Convictions blog today discussing Seton Hall Law Professor D. Michael Resinger’s research on what the actual rate of wrongful convictions is in the United States (where “wrongful” does not merely mean legally incorrect but refers to the conviction of an actually innocent person).  Professor Resinger puts the rate at between 3.3% and 5% based on DNA exonerations in a subset of cases.

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