New book examines Innocence Commissions
A new book by George Mason University law professor Jon Gould examines the Innocence Commission for Virginia and the model of creating panels of experts to review the injustice of wrongful convictions and make recommendations for states to reform their criminal justice systems. The book, titled “The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System,” received a strong review from the Library Journal.
“Written for the general public, Gould's book has important lessons for attorneys and policymakers as well,” the journal wrote.
Criminal justice reform commissions – also called innocence commissions – are a centerpiece of the Innocence Project’s reform proposals nationwide, and have been extremely effective in several states in bringing about reforms to protect the innocent and assist law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.
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