Causes of Wrongful Convictions:
    Bad Representation

A review by the Innocence Project of “convictions overturned by DNA testing reveals a trail of sleeping, drunk, incompetent and overburdened defense attorneys, at the trial level and on appeal.” As state budgets continue to shrink, so too do resources for public defenders and state-appointed attorneys. The chances for poor defendants to receive adequate representation in the courts are low.

The interactive graphic above is a joint project between the Innocence Project and Brandon Garrett, author of "Convicting the Innocent." 

Last page update: November 18, 2011

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