ABOUT WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
UNCUFF THE INNOCENT offers information about wrongful convictions, their causes, and proper police procedures so that wrongful convictions can more easily be prevented, recognized, and overturned.
We work to reduce wrongful convictions by improving police-public relations so that fewer false allegations are leveled against individuals, both members of the public and law enforcement officers.
Police officers who are unethical or biased are one of the causes of wrongful convictions. Yet police officers who are knowledgeable and concerned about wrongful convictions are part of the solution to preventing them.
It is imperative that law enforcement officers understand that public trust is harmed and the risk of wrongful conviction is increased when law enforcement officers discriminate, succumb to explicit or implicit bias during investigations, and follow unethical and dangerous practices, such as coercing witnesses, failing to perform proper lineups, falsifying and altering police reports, and fabricating evidence.
It is also important for the public to know that many good, hard-working law enforcement officers themselves become victims of false allegations.
We strive to eliminate prejudice and false allegations against police officers by educating the public about the challenges officers face during encounters with the public.