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  NCJ Number: NCJ 244219     Find in a Library
  Title: National Summit on Wrongful Convictions: Building a Systemic Approach to Prevent Wrongful Convictions
  Document URL: PDF 
  Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
  Date Published: 08/2013
  Page Count: 54
  Annotation: This is the report on the National Summit on Wrongful Convictions: Building a Systemic Approach to Prevent Wrongful Convictions (August 2012), during which 75 experts from key criminal justice disciplines examined the causes of and solutions to wrongful convictions across the entire spectrum of the justice system.
  Abstract: The participants addressed four key areas: making appropriate arrests, correcting wrongful arrests, leveraging technology and forensic science, and re-examining closed cases. The 30 recommendations that emerged from the Summit address these areas in order to build a foundation for changes in investigative protocols, policies, training, supervision, and assessment. A key theme of the recommendations is the importance of all justice system agencies being open to new information at any point in the investigation, arrest, prosecution, trial, and subsequent appeal of a defendant. This means that any time new information about a case that comes to the attention of professionals involved in the case, it should be made known to all parties and carefully examined to determine whether a new direction in the case is needed. Summit participants expressed a unanimous confidence that mistakes, omissions, and judgment errors leading to wrongful convictions can be prevented. This requires better communication, training, protocols, supervision, assessment and review, and a culture of openness to new information. Law enforcement must lead this effort, since it is at the front-end of the process. Case examples are provided, along with nine resources. Appended listings of the Summit Advisory Group, Summit participants, and project staff
  Main Term(s): Criminology
  Index Term(s): Evidence collection ; Arrest and apprehension ; Prosecution ; Jury decisionmaking ; Investigative techniques ; Court procedures ; Case processing ; Wrongful conviction ; BJA grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2012-MU-MU-K070
  Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
  Type: Conference Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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