As we saw in our last blog post, one of the key reasons as to why people are sometimes imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit has to do with prosecutorial incompetence. Working from that background, in today’s blog post, we will be trying to look at some of the ways in which we can engage with prosecutors, to minimize or possibly even eliminate wrongful convictions. This is, in other words, a question of working with the folks in the prosecutorial arms of the government, to minimize (or altogether eliminate) the sad incidents of people ending up in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.
As it turns out, there is one key to success in this particular endeavor. That key to success lies in getting the prosecutors to view and appreciate their roles as ‘inquisitors of truth’. This requires a paradigm shift. In the current situation, many of these prosecutors seem to have a decidedly adversarial approach to justice. As such, they (like any other litigation attorneys) seem to always have the objective of seeking to ‘win’ as many cases as possible. And at any cost.
Of course, we shouldn’t cheat ourselves that working with the prosecutors in this endeavor will be as easy as getting production line workers to change their worldviews. It is hard enough to get the folks who work for a company like UPS, and whose HR website is Upsers.com to change their approach to work. This is indeed why such a company has set up, among other things, the online system where armed with a UPS tracking number, clients can be able to track the progress of their shipments/parcels on their own. If it is so tricky to get technical workers (like the Uspers in question) to change their work-related worldviews, one can imagine how much more difficult is likely to be get prosecutors to change their perspectives. But it can be done.
In the final analysis, we should aim to get to a point where prosecutors will be pushing cases in court with the objective of letting the truth reveal itself. That is nobler than the objective of trying to get convictions at all costs. And when we get to that level, we are likely to see a significant reduction in the numbers of people who are convicted for crimes they didn’t commit.