Female Exonerations Involving Family Violence: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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2023

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Ray, Maddie

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This project will entail a detailed analysis of case studies and existing literature in which women have been incarcerated and later exonerated in cases involving family violence. The scope of this research includes cases such as child abuse hysteria, the validity of shaken baby syndrome, and intimate partner violence. This research will analyze contributing factors toward individuals’ wrongful convictions and incarcerations. The purpose of this project is to explore the intersections between forensic investigative processes and institutional systems of inequality. The female population for this project will include both national and international exonerees. My rationale for including this population is that incarcerated women are historically underrepresented in research. Additionally, this project could potentially expand the understanding of exonerated female populations. (Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Lisa Nichols)

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