Eyewitness Misidentification Main Reason for Wrongful Conviction

Partially due to the DNA exoneration of hundreds of convicts in recent decades, there has been increasing concern over the reliability of eyewitness identification in criminal cases.

The Innocence Project, a nonprofit group dedicated to freeing the wrongfully convicted through DNA testing and to criminal justice system reform, has helped win freedom for nearly 300 prisoners in 35 states — including 17 who spent time on death rows — in its 20 years of existence.

In 75 percent of those cases, the leading factor in their convictions was witness identification; in 36 percent of those cases, convictions were in part based on an identification made by more than one person, said Karen Newirth, eyewitness identification litigation fellow at the Innocence Project.

Read the entire story by Miranda Leitsinger at msnbc.com

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