Date Presented

Fall 12-1-2022

Document Type



Business Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Laura Kicklighter

Second Advisor

Dr. Steve Dawson

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Schnur


Wrongly convicted persons should be offered reparations in instances where they have suffered or faced harm as a result of their wrong conviction. Harms can include, but are not limited to, losing physical time, mental health damages, monetary harm, and damages to the person’s reputation. Harms are anything that has diminished a person's quality of life throughout the conviction process and even after exoneration. Failure to offer reparations to these persons is unethical and reparations are a necessary consequence when the judicial system convicts the wrong person. Failure to offer reparations also lessens the judicial system’s accuracy and reliability when convicting others in the future as well. Wrongful convictions create fear of the judicial system throughout the common good. Once a wrongful conviction occurs, it is unknown to the community surrounding that judicial system when it will happen again. This is a result of a less reliable system.