Convicting the Innocent Death Row and America's Broken System of Justice By Stanley Cohen
“A landmark in the fight against the death penalty. Extensively researched and brilliantly written.” Martin Garbus, criminal defense attorney

Every day, innocent men across America are thrown into prison, betrayed by a faulty justice system, and robbed of their lives—either by decades-long sentences or the death penalty itself. Injustice tarnishes our legal process from start to finish. From the racial discrimination and violence used by backwards law enforcement officers, to a prison culture that breeds inmate conflict, there is opportunity for error at every turn.

Award-winning journalist Stanley Cohen chronicles over one hundred of these cases, from the 1973 case of the first ever death row exoneree, David Keaton, to multiple cases as of 2015 that resulted from the corrupt practices of NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella (with nearly seventy Brooklyn cases under review for wrongful conviction). In the wake of these unjust convictions, grassroots organizations, families, and pro bono lawyers have battled this rampant wrongdoing. Cohen reveals how eyewitness error, jailhouse snitch testimony, racism, junk science, prosecutorial misconduct, and incompetent counsel have populated America’s prisons with the innocent.

Readers embark on journeys with men who were arrested, convicted, sentenced to life in prison or death, dragged through the appeals system, and finally set free based on their actual innocence. Although these stories end with vindication, there are those that have ended with unjustified execution. Convicting the Innocent is sure to fuel controversy over a justice system that has delivered the ultimate punishment nearly one thousand times since 1976, though it cannot guarantee accurate convictions.

TitleConvicting the Innocent
SubtitleDeath Row and America's Broken System of Justice
AuthorBy Stanley Cohen
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published5 April 2016
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Stanley Cohen is a veteran award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. For more than fifty years, he has worked as an editor, writer, and reporter for newspapers, magazines, and an international news service. He also has taught writing, journalism, and philosophy at Hunter College. He lives in Tomkins Cove, New York.

"A disturbing compendium of wrongful convictions...[Cohen] brings moral outrage to this complex subject...A valuable accounting of a hidden societal plague." —Kirkus

"A must for students and workers in the field of criminal justice, and a solid read for anyone interested in true crime literature." —Library Journal
ISBNs: 9781632206466 978-1-63220-646-6 Title: convicting the innocent category:SOC ISBNs: 9781632208132 978-1-63220-813-2 Title: convicting the innocent category:SOC 
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