Tradition-bound U.S. system mired in scientific illiteracy, author says

Whoa. Now this post gets right to the point. More PC phraseology would be “CJ” social sciences making legal inroads to assumptions of guilt and innocence. Coerced confessions and incentivized eyewitnesses lead to wrongful convictions. I like the original.

Wrongful Convictions Blog

The American legal system assumes that innocent people don’t confess to crimes they didn’t commit. It also assumes that eyewitness testimony is reliable and that jurors are impartial even though scientific research shows otherwise.  Therein lies the cause of many wrongful convictions.

“The legal system is resistant to change and resistant to paying attention to scientific research,” Adam Benforado, author of the book Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice, tells Wired magazine. You will find the informative story here.

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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