Causes of Wrongful Convictions:

When mistakes are made in identifying the perpetrator of a crime, wrongful convictions occur and innocent people go to jail. Eyewitness misidentification has featured in 75 percent of all wrongful convictions in America cleared by DNA testing, according to The Innocence Project.

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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