Even with all of the steps put in place in the United States legal system to ensure the guilty are punished and the innocent are set free, there are sometimes cases where the wrong person ends up going to prison. Of course, no system can be completely without its flaws, but it is still shocking to discover that the wrong person sometimes is punished. There are several ways this happens.
Sometimes wrongful convictions occur because eyewitnesses misidentify the suspect as the person that they saw at the scene of a crime. It is possible for people to look similar and be wrongly convicted as a result. In other cases, lawyers do not provide the defense needed to their clients and these people end up convicted as a result. Attorneys may be overburdened with cases and fail to represent clients well.