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9 percent of all felonies. This fact alone should expand Marquis’s estimate of error by a factor of 50. 41 These figures should further shrink the denominator and in turn raise the error rate. 42 There is no reason to believe that erroneous convictions are limited to cases in which biological evidence is available, meaning the number of known exonerations is likely a serious underestimation of the actual number of exonerations. Moreover, these figures do not even take into account the practice of plea bargaining.

26 Mi- History and Background | 17 tochondrial DNA is passed through matrilineal lines, meaning that siblings with the same mother have similar DNA. ” Among other advantages, “Y-STR results can . . ”27 This is particularly useful where more than one defendant is suspected in a rape. In 1988, DNA testing was first allowed into court as evidence in the New York case of People v. 28 Since then, as testing methods have been verified as reliable, many states have accepted DNA evidence. ”30 That database, known as the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), became operational in 1998 and collects DNA profiles from state and other law enforcement databases.

92 In effect, Tyler and Boeckmann said, the fear of loss—of moral values, of social order, of control over popular culture—encouraged support for increasingly punitive measures to enforce moral norms. If we examine criminal justice policy through the lens of Tyler and Boeckmann’s findings, it is easier to understand how politicians could foment support for punitive measures at a time when the crime rate was falling. In this context, the call for “law and order” flows not from the fear of crime but from the fear of disorder, of finding one’s self on the 28 | History and Background declining end of the culture curve with a loosening grip over dominant traditions.

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