EIF Aim #10
Tenth of a dozen aims for the Estimated Innocence Form.
To raise the standard of justice from a failed win-lose binary to identifying degrees of certainty in adjudicated outcomes.
Without the Estimated Innocence Form, researchers struggle to find data to identify wrongful conviction contributors. Sample sizes typically remain small. Statistically, any sample under 200 cannot create reliable conclusions. So we soldier on with bad policies on the books. The history of wrongful convictions then continues to repeat itself again and again.
The EIF-produced data can help researchers identify specific trends in specific jurisdictions, then address these locally. For example, a high volume of Brady violations in one DA office could receive a specific correction than another DA office relying on a corrupted state forensic science lab.
This can offer a sense of meaning for innocence claimants who had to grieve many losses because of the wrongful conviction. Knowing their case data can help others avoid a similar tragedy, they can more easily adjust to the painful losses caused by the miscarriage of justice. Of course, this can never excuse the wrongdoing among DAs and others contributing to wrongful convictions.
How can the EIF serve you?
The EIF is also for innocence litigators.