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New book reveals miscarriages of justice are a 'feature' of global criminal justice systems

(Posted on 04/07/23)

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New book reveals miscarriages of justice are a 'feature' of global criminal justice systems

A new book called 'Murder, Wrongful Conviction and the Law: An International Comparative Analysis,' edited by Jon Robbins, has been published. 

The global study draws on a wide range of wrongful conviction cases from 14 experts, who reveal the ‘institutional reluctance’ of criminal justice systems to admit mistakes.  

’Every country’s criminal legal system makes mistakes,’ writes Jago Russell in the book’s concluding chapter. ‘Honest and open reflection about the causes of these mistakes is crucial to the systemic change our justice systems require. It is the very least we owe to the people whose lives have been damaged and destroyed by wrongful conviction.’

As reported in The Justice Gap, Mr Russell highlights what he calls the ‘myth of exceptionality’. ‘The cases that are recognised as wrongful convictions are likely to represent the tip of the iceberg in most countries,’ he argues. ‘There are many reasons why governments and judges would wish to keep most of the iceberg beneath the surface.’

To read the full story please visit The Justice Gap website.  

Murder, Wrongful Conviction and the Law is published by Routledge.




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