Innocence and Prevention
Could we Build Justice Safety Centers?
Keywords:justice, safety centers, wrongful convictions, lowering risk, restorative justice
Some contemporary writers argue that wrongful convictions represent system failures in a complex criminal justice system. Currently explorations are underway into whether pursuit of non-blaming, all-stakeholders, forward-looking “sentinel event” reviews focused on lowering risk rather than laying blame can improve safety from wrongful convictions. This article reviews the underlying theory of safety-based practices and sketches one model of how work on preventing wrongful convictions might be institutionalized: made a part of a new culture of continuous improvement that lowers the risk of future wrongful convictions and offers a degree of restorative justice to the victims of errors.
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