Advancing Wrongful Conviction Scholarship: Toward New Conceptual Frameworks

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Dr.. Robert Norris, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: As wrongful conviction scholarship grows, some scholars have suggested that existing research on miscarriages of justice lacks theoretical grounding and methodological sophistication, arguing that the use of social science theory may help to better understand wrongful convictions. In this article, we suggest that it may be useful to draw upon conceptual frameworks found in traditional criminal justice studies, discuss what such approaches might suggest about miscarriages of justice, and begin to explore the questions or topics they may encourage interested researchers to pursue. Furthermore, through this broad theoretical lens, we can see that criminal justice theory is present, at least implicitly, in some existing innocence literature, and that making such theoretical connections more explicit may help to move the study of wrongful conviction into the mainstream of criminal justice research.

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Robert J. Norris & Catherine L. Bonventre (2015). "Advancing Wrongful Conviction Scholarship: Toward New Conceptual Frameworks." Justice Quarterly, 32:6, 929-949, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2013.827232 ISSN: 0741-8825 Version Of Record Available At
Language: English
Date: 2015
wrongful conviction, miscarriages of justice, actual innocence, criminal justice theory

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