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The wrongful conviction of innocent people is a reality in the criminal justice system. Overwhelming evidence suggests that this is the case in various parts of the world, including the U.S, Canada, Australia, the UK, and other countries. Despite obvious jurisdictional differences, these countries share common characteristics as for why innocent people are often nevertheless convicted. Bringing together two experts in the field, this panel will explore the phenomenon of wrongful convictions in two distinct criminal justice systems: Chile and the U.S. What are the causes for wrongful convictions in either system? Are there any similarities between them in this context? What are some of the differences that may affect the existence of wrongful convictions? And how is this phenomenon reflected in Latin America and other parts of the world more broadly? Most importantly – what can be done to minimize its occurrence?
The Panelists: Prof. Lawrence Marshall, Stanford Law School and Prof. Mauricio Duce, Diego Portales University (Chile)
Organized by the Stanford Program in Law and Society (SPLS)