Causes of Wrongful Convictions:
    Informants & "Snitches"

Fifteen out of every one hundred wrongful convictions cases that have been overturned by DNA testing methods have involved the testimony of informants, or jailhouse snitches, according to research by the Innocence Project. Informants are frequently given incentives, such as payment or reduced jail sentences, to provide testimony against a defendant, but these incentives are not always shared with the jury. Such testimony is often the central evidence by which innocent persons have been wrongfully convicted.

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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