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Investigation to exoneration: a systemic review of wrongful conviction in Australia


Dioso-Villa, R and Julian, R and Kebbell, M and Weathered, L and Westera, N, Investigation to exoneration: a systemic review of wrongful conviction in Australia, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 28, (2) pp. 157-172. ISSN 1034-5329 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2016.12036066


Wrongful conviction is an international problem that has attracted considerable research into identifying its prevalence, causes and correlates. Australia is not void of erroneous convictions; however, the international findings do not neatly apply to the Australian context. This article considers the wrongful conviction in Australia from a wide-angle perspective of investigation through to exoneration. It considers systemic issues related to the detection, correction and consequences of wrongful conviction, identifying how and why errors may occur at different stages of the criminal justice process. The article specifically covers the investigative process and issues related to the collection and processing of physical/forensic evidence and witness evidence, post-conviction issues in the identification and correction of wrongful convictions, and the consequences of wrongful conviction for exonerated individuals in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:wrongful conviction, exoneration, forensic evidence, false confession, eyewitness identification, compensation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Courts and sentencing
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
ID Code:114352
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-14
Last Modified:2017-11-21

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