Extent of the problem and Evidence of Compliance
The extent of the problem concerning the wrongfully convictions by jurors seems to lie within several areas. First, once a crime has been committed, the public outcry demands justice; therefore, there is a sense of urgency to quickly resolve the crime. As a result, the system may circumvent some procedures; thereby convicting the wrong individual. Secondly, while the nation has gotten better in the area of race relations, the amount of prejudice has not diminished; therefore, black on white criminal proceedings still affects an enormous amount of the nation’s population as we. Thirdly, the media coverage has an even bigger impact on an individual’s perception of the wrongfully convicted, because most Americans are not afforded the opportunity to be present for the investigative proceedings involved in criminal proceedings. As a result, we tend to rely on the media’s coverage and distorted view points as the main source of information we receive. Fourthly, with the invent of DNA testing some individuals have been released or exonerated through the use of this specialized testing method; however, most individuals cannot afford the amount of legal fees associated therein. Moreover, those individuals that are granted new hearings, or are exonerated using this procedure, have been assisted by groups such as the Innocent Project. Fifthly, the communities from which these individuals were wrongly convicted may still harbor ill feelings regarding their exoneration, which means while the court may exonerate them of all charges, the court of public opinion stills finds them to be guilty (Tyler and Vartkessina, 2012). Finally, even though some individuals have their cases dismissed through legal proceedings within the court system, their records still have to be expunged, which requires the assistance of an attorney, and the fees associated thereof (Roberts, 2003).
Evidence of Compliance
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