The truth matters.
Aprocedurally fair trial can result in an innocent person’s conviction. Mistaken eyewitness identification and false confessions can lead to wrongful convictions. Prosecutors can fail to turn over evidence, or defense attorneys don’t provide effective counsel. Racism and implicit bias play a significant role in the wrongful conviction of innocent people of color.
Every case of wrongful conviction is a threat to justice everywhere. When our trial system fails an innocent person, not only does that person lose years of their life, but there are costs to the state, tax payers, the victim of the original crime, and the family and community of the accused.