INNOCENCE PROJECT – RIGHTING A WRONG
Law and justice are considered as two things that go hand in hand, yet we see multiple instances where the court failed to incarcerate the right person. All over the world, the criminal justice system is imperfect, causing so many innocent people to be convicted wrongfully for crimes that they never committed. The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that was started in Cardozo Law School by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, with two primary goals; first to help exonerate the wrongfully convicted people and second to reform the criminal justice system.
This paper focuses on how this organization has helped overturn wrongful convictions by the means of their revolutionary DNA exoneration technique, and by identifying the various factors that cause a wrongful conviction to occur. Making an incorrect decision is not something that is impossible for a court of law to do, and a wrongful conviction will always have an ill effect on the lives of the people it is, directly and indirectly, connected to. Therefore it is the need of the hour for other countries, including India, to follow the example of this organization and bring reforms in their justice systems.
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