Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Overturning Wrongful Convictions by Elizabeth Murray - ADVISABLE

Murray, Elizabeth A. Overturning Wrongful Convictions: Science Serving Justice, 107 pages.  Twenty-First Century Books (Lerner), 2015.  $25.  Violence: PG-13 (First scene in the book describes a brutal beating and rape, other similar attacks mentioned). Content: PG-13.

About 2-5% of the people behind bars in the United States have been wrongfully sentenced.  The Innocence Project and other agencies work tirelessly to help overturn some of these convictions, but there is not enough time, money, or people to help everyone.  Murray carefully lays out many reasons why wrongful convictions happen, from initial evidence gathering on through eyewitness testimony and evidence tampering, and steps that volunteers take to correct the record, including advances in DNA testing.  

This is a fascinating look at those times, the many times,  that things go wrong in the criminal justice system.  If you have a healthy non-fiction section, you need this.

MS, HS - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library teacher

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