Experiencing Wrongful and Unlawful Conviction

Jennifer Wildeman, Michael Costelloe, Robert Schehr

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This study examines how those wrongfully convicted and punished experience life after exoneration. Using data from intensive individual, in-person interviews with 55 exonerees, we measure both the short- and long-term psychological effects associated with wrongful conviction. The results of this research demonstrate that a substantial portion of the study participants were suffering from clinical anxiety, depression, PTSD or a combination of the three disorders at the time of the interviews. Finally, we call for more integrated approaches for addressing a wide range of often interrelated social, psychological and mental health issues experienced by those who were wrongfully convicted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-432
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • crime
  • exoneration
  • psychological effects
  • reentry
  • wrongful conviction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Law


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