Wrongful Convictions


There is an article in the LA Times by best-selling author John Grisham about wrongful conviction here in the US.  It is the reason I am against the death penalty.  Too many innocent people have been convicted of crimes of which they were innocent.  Way too many have been put to death.

“…It is too easy to convict an innocent person.

The rate of wrongful convictions in the United States is estimated to be somewhere between 2% to 10%. That may sound low, but when applied to a prison population of 2.3 million, the numbers become staggering. Can there really be 46,000 to 230,000 innocent people locked away? Those of us who are involved in exoneration work firmly believe so.

Millions of defendants are processed through our courts each year. It’s nearly impossible to determine how many of them are actually innocent once they’ve been convicted. There are few resources for examining the cases and backgrounds of those claiming to be wrongfully convicted.

Once an innocent person is convicted, it is next to impossible to get them out of prison. Over the past 25 years, the Innocence Project, where I serve on the board of directors, has secured through DNA testing the release of 349 innocent men and women, 20 of whom had been sent to death row. All told, there have been more than 2,000 exoneration, including 200 from death row, in the U.S. during that same period. But we’ve only scratched the surface….”

If just one innocent person…


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