Innocence Lost … and Found: An Introduction to The Faces of Wrongful Conviction Symposium Issue

By Daniel S. Medwed / Golden Gate University Law Review, on 1 January 2006

Each wrongful conviction signifies an acute failure of the criminal justice system, a loss of innocence for those of us who want to believe in its merits, each exoneration constitutes an affirmation of the system’s potential value – not so much in the sense that the post-conviction system “works” (given that it often does not) but that learning about the uniquely human details of individual exonerations serves as a powerful motivating force to revamp the process through which guilt or innocence is adjudicated. Our criminal justice system is changeable, its flaws possibly remediable, and it is this prospect of a revised, superior method of charging and trying those accused of crimes.

  • Document type Article
  • Countries list United States
  • Themes list Due Process , Innocence,