Are We Blind to Innocence?


Why do lawyers, judges, and other key actors in the criminal justice system sometimes fail to fulfill their obligations? There are many plausible answers, such as the influence of perverse incentives, inaequate training, the lack of resources. One possible source of malfunction is cognitive error. In this column we address a particular type of cognitive error arising from the fact that many of the people in the criminal justice system are repeat players engaged in the mass processing of guilty defendants.


Criminal, Criminal, Innocence

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Criminal Justice

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24 (1) Criminal Justice 49 (2009)

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