Expanding Knowledge

Our efforts to free the wrongfully convicted and reform criminal justice policies require robust analysis of what has gone wrong and how these errors can be prevented.

Our efforts to free the wrongfully convicted and reform criminal justice policies require robust analysis of what has gone wrong and how these errors can be prevented. The Innocence Project’s Science and Research team uses data to understand patterns in wrongful conviction cases and conducts comprehensive reviews of research to support our reform efforts.

A top priority is to improve the accuracy and reliability of forensic science. We work at the federal level to encourage science-based evaluation of validity of forensic disciplines, funding for research, development of national standards, and support for judicial training. At the state level, we work to address reforms needed to ensure consideration by the courts of new scientific evidence, including evidence discrediting previous expert testimony, and to strengthen the oversight of local and state forensic laboratories.

We also provide resources to assist researchers, lawyers, and others interested in learning about wrongful conviction. These resources include statistics about exoneration cases, systematic literature reviews of specific research questions, analyses of special topics, and ideas for future research.

 

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