Harper’s Index: Wrongful conviction by the numbers


The July issue of Harper’s magazine includes several important statistics on wrongful conviction, eyewitness misidentification and false confessions:


  • Number of wrongful convictions since 1989 (as of press date): 201
  • Percentage who had been mistakenly identified by eyewitnesses: 77
  • Chances that a judge in a 2003 study deemed a taped confession to be voluntary if only the suspect appeared on camera: 4 in 5
  • Chances if both the suspect and the interrogator were filmed: 2 in 3

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