University of Wisconsin–Madison

Keith Findley: 'Making a Murderer' creates conversation around flaws in the criminal justice system

Professor Keith Findley, co-founder of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, discusses some of the recurring flaws in the criminal justice system that were showcased in the Netflix documentary, "Making a Murderer."

  • "'Making a Murder' and the true crime allure," On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Jan. 19, 2016.

    "Our criminal justice system isn't built on the principal of putting people in prison based on possibilities, it is based on the principal of putting people in prison when you can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."

  • "Wrongful conviction compensation bill gaining momentum," WORT-FM, Jan. 15, 2016.

    "There are indeed systemic features in the criminal justice system that permit human errors and, in some instances, even make error virtually inevitable."

  • "'Making a Murderer' reveals a system focused on confessions and convictions," The Capital Times, Jan. 13, 2016.

    “It's well-documented that innocent people do confess to crimes they didn't commit, particularly if they're subjected to really intense, psychologically coercive interrogation tactics like those that were used on Brendan Dassey. And especially if they're vulnerable people, like youth or people with limited cognitive abilities, like Brendan Dassey.”
  • "Professor says 'Making a Murderer' shows justice system flaws beyond Steven Avery case,"  Wisconsin State Journal, Jan. 11, 2016.

    "Findley said the series also shows a facet of the judicial system he knows well from his work with the Wisconsin Innocence Project. 'The system is just not designed to exonerate wrongfully convicted people,' he said. 'It is designed — once the conviction is obtained — to preserve that conviction.'"

Submitted by Law School News on October 25, 2016

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