Wrongful Convictions

Wrongful Convictions - Professor Janis Puracal

  • Course Number: LAW-467
  • Course Type: Highly Specialized
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: This seminar course will focus on the wrongful conviction and incarceration of the factually innocent in the American criminal justice system. We will examine how and why wrongful convictions occur, the leading sources of error (e.g., eyewitness misidentifications, faulty and/or misleading forensic evidence, government misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel, etc.), and what can be done to minimize and/or prevent future errors. The goal of this course is to describe, explain, and analyze the causes and consequences of, as well as solutions for, wrongful convictions. All views are welcome and respectful disagreement is encouraged. Preparation, attendance, and participation are important for a successful semester.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Class participation: 20%, Written paper: 50%, Student presentation 30%
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no