The Psychology and Sociology of Wrongful Convictions

The Psychology and Sociology of Wrongful Convictions

Forensic Science Reform

1st Edition - June 26, 2018

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  • Editors: Wendy Koen, C. Michael Bowers
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128027028
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128026557

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Wrongful convictions are the result of faulty or false scientific evidence in 50% of the cases. Defense counsel is often at a great disadvantage in defending against evidence based on science. Illusory Evidence: The Psychology and Sociology of Wrongful Convictions is written for the non-scientist, to make complicated scientific information clear and concise enough for attorneys and judges to master. This is obtained by providing case studies to simplify issues in forensic psychology for the legal professional.

Key Features

  • Increases the courts’ knowledge about areas of psychology that have been debunked, have advanced, or have been refined by the scientific community
  • Covers issues in psychological forensics, namely: Profiling, Psychological Defenses, Mitigation, Eyewitness Testimony/Identification, Child Testimony, Repressed Memories, False Confessions and Moral Panic
  • Trains prosecuting attorneys about the present state of the forensic psychology, to avoid relying only on legal precedent and will not present flawed science to the court
  • Provides defense attorneys the knowledge necessary to competently defend where forensic psychology plays a part in a prosecution
  • Arms innocence projects and appellate attorneys with the latest information to challenge convictions
  • Uses case studies to simplify issues in forensic psychology for the legal professional


Criminal court judges and attorneys, legal professionals, as well as forensic psychology and law students world-wide. Innocence projects, appellate attorneys, criminal justice college courses

Table of Contents

  • 1. Profiling
    2. Psychological Defenses / Mitigation
    3. Eyewitness Testimony / Identification
    4. Child Testimony
    5. Repressed Memories
    6. False Confessions
    7. Moral Panic

Product details

  • No. of pages: 402
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: June 26, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128027028
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128026557

About the Editors

Wendy Koen

Wendy J. Koen is currently in private practice in Southern California. Formerly with the California Innocence Project, Ms. Koen has been part of litigation teams that successfully represented many clients in wrongful conviction cases, including the successful exoneration of Timothy Atkins, Daniel Larsen, and William Richards. In addition, Attorney Koen’s work was instrumental in changes to California’s law concerning false expert evidence, and the inception of California Penal Code Section 1473 (e)(1), giving those convicted by faulty science a clear avenue for relief.

Affiliations and Expertise

Habeas Attorney, San Diego, CA, USA

C. Michael Bowers

C. Michael Bowers
C. Michael Bowers is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He is also the Deputy Medical Examiner in Ventura, California. Dr. Bowers is a practicing forensic dentist and consultant who has testified and worked on hundreds of cases where dental evidence has been involved. He is a former Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, a Senior Crime Scene Analyst for the International Association for Identification (IAI) and has written other articles, chapters and books on forensic dentistry. He owns and operates his own dental practice in Ventura, CA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Clinical Professor, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Deputy Medical Examiner, Ventura, CA, USA

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