The increasing number of wrongful convictions brought to light over recent years has made it evident that the United States’ criminal justice system is deeply flawed. Every system has its imperfections, however, minimum standards of accuracy should be expected and demanded. There are many issues of inadequacies that result in wrongful convictions; this paper specifically addresses the role of the prosecutor. Prosecutors are the most powerful people in the criminal justice system, therefore there is more power to abuse. Prosecutorial misconduct should be thoroughly examined to determine ways to hold prosecutors to a higher standard for their wrongdoings. Prosecutors should only be allowed to have qualified immunity as opposed to absolute immunity and a national and state level review should serve as an oversight body.
Semester/Year of Award
Christina B. Dewhurst
Restricted Access Thesis
Smartt, Kimberly N., "Higher Standards for Prosecutors: A relationship between Wrongful Convictions and Prosecutorial Misconduct" (2015). Honors Theses. 285.