This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Almost 2,000 persons (as of February 2017) have been exonerated after having been convicted of crimes they did not commit. What are the reasons for these innocent persons being convicted? The following topics will be discussed in this lecture:
- The causes of false convictions
- Results from research that call into question actions by investigating authorities
- The judicial system
- New rules for investigators
- New prosecutorial programs that seek to reduce the number of false convictions
- Compensation for exonerees
The causes of these false convictions will be discussed along with results from
research that call into question actions by investigating authorities as well as
the judicial system. New rules for investigators as well as new prosecutorial
programs that seek to reduce the number of false convictions will be
discussed. Compensation for exonerees will be considered.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Jim Couch earned a Ph.D. in psychology and was a faculty member and administrator at James Madison University for 29 years after which he entered law school and practiced law for 10 years. As a psychologist and attorney, he has had a long-time love affair with constitutional law.