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Media Depictions of Wrongful Conviction: Reality or Distortion

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This study sought to determine if the media are disseminating to the public a realistic portrait of wrongful conviction. Using a convenience sample of 23 movies released between 1960 and 2007 obtained from The Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb), Forejustice, and Justice Denied, a content analysis of the media’s portrayal of wrongful convictions was conducted. The media’s depiction of wrongful convictions was compared to the actual factors and characteristics of the phenomenon to ascertain similarities and differences. Findings indicate similarities in the media depictions and the realities of wrongful conviction throughout the geographical distribution of states in which the convictions occurred, age at time of conviction, the portrayal of police misconduct, ineffective counsel, and eyewitness misidentification. Disparities were also identified, including the crimes for which innocents were convicted, the depiction of false confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, snitches, forensics, and time served prior to release. Judicial misconduct was identified in the films but not in the literature. Victim and offender characteristics were also compared. The media and the CSI effect were also discussed.
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Overton, Angela. "Media Depictions of Wrongful Conviction: Reality or Distortion" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373213_index.html>

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Overton, A. , 2009-11-04 "Media Depictions of Wrongful Conviction: Reality or Distortion" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373213_index.html

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Abstract: This study sought to determine if the media are disseminating to the public a realistic portrait of wrongful conviction. Using a convenience sample of 23 movies released between 1960 and 2007 obtained from The Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb), Forejustice, and Justice Denied, a content analysis of the media’s portrayal of wrongful convictions was conducted. The media’s depiction of wrongful convictions was compared to the actual factors and characteristics of the phenomenon to ascertain similarities and differences. Findings indicate similarities in the media depictions and the realities of wrongful conviction throughout the geographical distribution of states in which the convictions occurred, age at time of conviction, the portrayal of police misconduct, ineffective counsel, and eyewitness misidentification. Disparities were also identified, including the crimes for which innocents were convicted, the depiction of false confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, snitches, forensics, and time served prior to release. Judicial misconduct was identified in the films but not in the literature. Victim and offender characteristics were also compared. The media and the CSI effect were also discussed.


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