When the Criminal Justice System Screws Up

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New NIJ Special Report: Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews

Errors in our criminal justice system inflict specific harm—an individual is wrongfully convicted, a criminal goes free, and people lose trust in the justice system. Errors are potential “sentinel events” that can signal complicated, interconnected flaws in the system.

Drawing on lessons from medicine and aviation, Mending Justice takes a deeper look at how the criminal justice system could apply sentinel principles to improve the administration of justice and prevent future errors.

Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews; http://www.nij.gov/mending-justice

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