News 08.19.14

Innocence Project Executive Director Co-Authors Paper on Wrongful Convictions

The latest paper from the Harvard Executive Session’s New Perspectives in Policing series is a thoughtful examination of the systemic causes of wrongful convictions that offers specific, evidence-based recommendations for reducing their likelihood.

Policing and Wrongful Convictions

, authored by Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety Commissioner Anthony Batts, Innocence Project Executive Director Maddy deLone and Major Cities Chiefs Association Executive Director Darrel Stephens, outlines protocols based on research for improved eyewitness identification, interrogation, use of informants, evidence storage and preservation. The protocols have been shown to enhance police investigations and help investigators test their initial assumptions about a suspect.


Maddy deLone says, “We have learned a great deal about how to prevent wrongful convictions. Adopting these best practices protects the innocent and helps police better use their limited resources to focus on catching the real perpetrators. We thank the many in law enforcement who have already adopted these proven reforms and encourage them to talk to their colleagues in other jurisdictions about how they have benefited their work.”


The Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety is funded by the National Institute of Justice, as part of the U.S. Department of Justice, and sponsored in part by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management.



Policing and Wrongful Convictions



Learn more about National Institute of Justice’s research on wrongful convictions



Learn more about the other papers in the series


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