Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make it Right

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Here are the stories of innocent men and women—and the system that put them away under the guise of justice. Now updated with new information, Actual Innocence sheds light on “a system that tolerates lying prosecutors, slumbering defense attorneys and sloppy investigators” (Salt Lake Tribune)—revealing the shocking flaws that can derail the legal process and the ways that DNA testing has often shattered so-called solid evidence that condemned American citizens to death.

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Overview

Here are the stories of innocent men and women—and the system that put them away under the guise of justice. Now updated with new information, Actual Innocence sheds light on “a system that tolerates lying prosecutors, slumbering defense attorneys and sloppy investigators” (Salt Lake Tribune)—revealing the shocking flaws that can derail the legal process and the ways that DNA testing has often shattered so-called solid evidence that condemned American citizens to death.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
You will not soon read a more frightening book.
William Bernhardt
This may be the most important book on Amer-ican criminal justice in a decade.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Should be required reading.
Jonathan Harr
[A] hair-raising account of how fatally wrong things can go inside the American criminal justice system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451209825
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 304,142
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Dwyer is a Pulitzer Prize—winning reporter who writes the "About New York" column for The New York Times. He has written or co-written six books, including 102 Minutes, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Actual Innocence Author's Note
Introduction: Wrong Numbers

1. An Innocence Project
2. An Invention
3. Seeing Things
4. False Confessions
5. White Coat Fraud
6. Snitch
7. Junk Science
8. Broken Oaths
9. Sleeping Lawyers
10. Race
11. The Death of Innocents
12. Starting Over
13. Lessons
14. Reckonings: An Update

Appendix 1: A Short List of Reforms to Protect the Innocent
Appendix 2: DNA Exonerations at a Glance

Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    The Truth about Our Justice System

    I was fortunate to have met Peter Neufeld so I had the opportunity to personally laud him for his efforts to free the innocent and uncover the corruption that occurs in our court system. Especially in a society where the accused are considered guilty until proven innocent. Actual Innocence is a must-read. It is so engaging that it is the type of novel that can be read in one sitting. It gives you a glimpse into the misconduct that infiltrates the fabric of our justice system. I definitely recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    A Must Read Book

    I read this book after a recommendation by one of my professors. The True Stories within each chapter are engrossing, horrific, and very saddening. It is very troubling to think many innocent people are in jail serving time for crimes they did not commit, when the really predators are still roaming the streets. This book definitely opened my eyes. The opinions I once held about our Criminal Justice System will be forever changed.

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