Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wrongful convictions

There are a lot of them in America. Since 1989 over 2,200 convicted people have been exonerated in the United States, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. That's one every five days. Some have estimated that wrongful convictions range between 2 and 5 percent, meaning that as many as 100,000 innocent people may be sitting in the country’s vast prison network. Death row exonerations have, at last count, reached 162. These errors can be attributed to poor police work, unreliable witnesses, prosecutorial misconduct, juror gullibility, defense inadequacy, bad forensics passing for science, racism, and more.

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