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Where Prosecutions Go erroneous - Crime and Punishment

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  1. Introduction
  2. Crime and Punishment
  3. The justice system
  4. Gilligan
  5. Conclusion

The main mandate of the justice system is to investigate, make arrests, gather evidence, bring charges forward, conduct trials, render a sentence and carry out a punishment. The judicial system is therefore trusted to make the right judgments and to give punishments only to those who deserve it in proportion to the nature of the crimes they have committed. They are not expected to make mistakes because they are supposed to conduct a sufficient investigation and gather enough evidence before they can convict a criminal (Gilligan 47). It is a pity however how many people are serving sentences for crimes they have never committed. Innocent people are languishing in jails in many parts of the world just because somebody failed to do their duty properly.

The death penalty information Centre estimates that about 1200 people executed since 1976 in the United States may have been innocent. A good example is the case of Willingham Cameron who was charged with the murder of his three children by arson. After his execution, a new report from a national arson expert concluded that the original investigation to the case was dangerously flawed and possibly will not hold up a finding of arson. The question is how many people cannot defend themselves or prove their innocence yet they really are innocent? (Garrett 69)

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