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Wrongful Convictions

A Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic of wrongful convictions.

Background Information

The Department of Justice’s mission statement states that the United State’s judicial system strives to provide just punishment for those who have broken the law. However, sometimes people are convicted for crimes they did not commit. Use the following sources to learn more about wrongful convictions, the American Criminal Justice System, and the laws surrounding incarceration and exoneration.