Because the California criminal justice system is imperfect, mistakes are made and people who aren’t actually guilty end up behind bars. Wrongful convictions ruin lives and take away time from people who are actually innocent, which is why people are constantly searching for the root of the problem so they can correct it immediately. In many cases, it is the fault of human error by prosecutors. This is why prosecutors and police must work together as carefully as possible to stray from bias as well as take all evidence into consideration, as well as be able to draw correct conclusions from such and be 100% sure about the decisions they must make. Any other way could be detrimental to the defendant who then becomes the victim.
Humans are susceptible to cognitive flaws such as tunnel vision, racial bias, and cognitive dissonance. In the most complicated case, somebody can believe they are correct only because of simple bias against the defendant. This is why principles that are used in California courts such as “beyond a reasonable doubt” and “innocent until proven guilty” bear utmost importance. Because nothing is ever certain, prosecutors and police cannot let defendants down.
California Innocence Project
California signed into place a law known as California Senate Bill 618, providing compensation for the wrongfully convicted so that those who have spent years in prison do not go without. This is the most meaningful relief to individuals who have been found innocent and set free back into the open world. One of the best ways that criminals have been released after being found innocent is due to new technology that shows concrete DNA evidence. Years ago in California, when the damage was done, there was no compensation available to these individuals, so huge strides are being taken.
If you have been wrongfully accused of a crime and would like our help, give us a call today. We have experience in helping the wrongfully convicted and would like to help. We will help you in every aspect of your case.