The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System: A Sociological Analysis of Miscarriages of Justice

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Abstract

What happens when the criminal justice system convicts an innocent person? What might cause a wrongful conviction? What can be done to prevent their occurrence in the future?

The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System examines competing perspectives on, and definitions of, miscarriages of justice to tackle these questions and more in this critical sociological examination of innocence and wrongful conviction.

This book:
• is the first book of its kind to cover wrong convictions, from definition and causation to the limits of redress
• provides a wealth of case studies and statistics to apply theoretical discussions of the criminal justice system to real-life situations
• discusses ideas and challenges that are highly relevant to current political and social debates

Elegantly written by a leading expert in the field, this book is essential reading for students of criminology, criminal justice and law, looking to understand the workings of the criminal justice system and how it can fail the innocent.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)9780230216914
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Michael Naughton, Reader in Sociology and Sociology, University of Bristol, UK. Author of Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice: Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg (Palgrave Macmillan). Editor of The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent? (Palgrave Macmillan). Founder and Director, Innocence Network UK (INUK).

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