Manufacturing Guilt

Manufacturing Guilt

Wrongful Convictions in Canada

Book - 2009
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Fernwood Pr

Manufacturing Guilt, 2nd edition, updates the cases presented in the first edition and includes two new chapters: one concerning the case of James Driskell and another regarding Dr. Charles Smith, whose role in forensic pathology evidence led to several wrongful convictions. In this new edition, the authors demonstrate that the same factors at play in the criminalization of the powerless and marginalized are found in cases of wrongful conviction. Contrary to popular belief, wrongful convictions are not due simply to “unintended errors,” but rather are too often the result of the deliberate actions of those working in the criminal justice system. Using Canadian cases of miscarriages of justice, the authors argue that understanding wrongful convictions and how to prevent them is incomplete outside the broader societal context in which they occur, particularly regarding racial and social inequality.



Independent Publishing Group
While acknowledging that innocent mistakes in identification are sometimes responsible for wrongful convictions, the authors of this study argue that the fundamental cause of these sentences can be found in the racial and class inequalities that characterize much of Canadian society. This newly revised edition presents updates on the six cases originally documented as well as two new chapters with more-recent investigations?including a depiction of a man who was wrongfully executed. Demonstrating that the same factors at play in the criminalization of the powerless and marginalized are found in these cases, this argument strives to prove that contrary to popular belief, these verdicts are not due simply to ?unintended errors” but rather are too often the result of the deliberate actions of those working in the criminal justice system. Analyzing how forensic science is used as a resource for prosecutors rather than a science seeking justice, this reference suggests specific and achievable changes in order to remove the incentive for law enforcement to attain convictions, thereby preventing erroneous punishment in the future.


Publisher: Black Point, N.S. : Fernwood, c2009
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781552662687
Branch Call Number: 347.71012 AND
Characteristics: 176 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Anderson, Barrie

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