In the November issue of Texas Monthly, the magazine interviews many of the 37 men who spent 525 years in prison who later turned out to be innocent of the crimes with which they were accused.
The stories are heartbreaking, frustrating, and stupefying. It is the tale of a penal system where success is measured in convictions, not sound investigating procedures. Naturally, law enforcement will counter that they get far more convictions right than they get wrong, but one is too many.
I don't have any solutions for "fixing" the system other than we should select our district attorneys on ABA-rendered merit rather than electing them. Same with judges. Electing judges is a disgrace when we're supposed to have an independent judiciary.