Podcast: Understanding the legal system machinery behind acquittals

What Laws Lie in the Shadow of the Acquittal?

In German law, a person strongly suspected of having committed a crime can be placed in pretrial detention; but a certain percentage of such people are ultimately acquitted.

In this podcast, Dr. Jörg Kinzig, Director of the Institute of Criminology, University of Tübingen, discusses his explorations of why this is. What do acquittals entail? Does Germany need a system and policy change? Dr. Kinzig speaks based on his article “The Acquittal (After Pretrial Detention)—a Rare but Fascinating Phenomenon of the Criminal Justice System”.

The article is published in Brill’s European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law, and Criminal Justice.

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