The 5 Most Controversial False Confessions

Criminal confessions are generally a good thing. They save our justice system time and money. But according to statistics from the Innocence Project, approximately 30% of the wrongful convictions overturned with DNA evidence involved a defendant making a false confession or pleading guilty.

An investigating officer’s performance is not based on the amount of crimes committed, it’s based on arrests. There’s a misconception that a wrongful arrest will correct itself through the trial system, but most jury members hold a prevailing belief that innocent people don’t confess to a crime they did not commit.

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    It’s worse than that. Prosecutors and the media have an incestuous relationship in which the latter help the former advance their careers by sensationalizing arrests in exchange for the “big story.”