Student tend to find this to be one of the most interesting topics. The lesson consists of scripted mini-lecture for the teacher, thought provoking questions, student handout and a video examining a real life case of an individual who was wrongfully convicted!
The lesson covers the following topics:
1) Factors that lead to wrongful convictions (for example, unpopular defendant, tunnel vision, Judicial bias, eyewitness testimony, police misconduct)
2) The Innocence Project
3) What happens pre-trial, at trial and post-trial