Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wrongful Convictions

The Dispatch reports on the overturned wrongful conviction of an Akron police officer 15 years ago. Doug Prade's conviction was overturned as the result of new DNA testing that indicates his DNA was not found at the crime scene.

If you'd like to read up on wrongful convictions, we have a number of resources in the library on the subject:

Achieving Justice: Freeing the Innocent, Convicting the Guilty
Life After Death Row: Exonerees' Search for Community and Identity
Wrongful Conviction: Law, Science, and Public Policy
The Thin Blue Line (movie)

You might be surprised at the subject heading under which you'll find items like this in a library's catalog: False imprisonment -- United States. (For more on the curious way the Library of Congress creates subject headings, check out It Takes a Village.)