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The Sad Stats behind Wrongful Convictions

The Sad Stats Behind Wrongful Convictions

Since 1989, 300 Convictions have been overturned as a result of DNA evidence. Seventeen people wrongfully convicted were sent to death row

Yet wrongful conviction remains an issue across the country, often with devastating consequences.

DNA Testing

60% of people who have been exonerated using these methods have been financially compensated

The average person spent 13 years in prison before being released

Roughly 3,944 years have been served in prison by innocent people.

With 46 exonerations, Texas reversed the most false convictions after they were solved by DNA testing

Approximately 72% of wrongful convictions involve eyewitness misidentification

40% of all exonerations since 2000 were the direct result of DNA testing

Wrongful Convictions

During the past 33 years over 2,000 wrongfully convicted individuals have been exonerated

Of the 873 exonerations recorded by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center for Wrongful Convictions, 416 were homicide cases

Other cases involved:

203 sexual assault

102 child se abuse

58 non-violent crimes

47 robbery

47 other violent crime

51% of these cases involved perjury or false imprisonment

42% of them cited official misconduct as the reason for the falsehood.

In Illinois alone: $214 million tax dollars have been spent to imprison innocent peopleハラ_for combined total of 946 years

The United States Justice Department estimates that 8% to 12% of all prisoners on the state level are actually or factually innocent.

The Sad Stats behind Wrongful Convictions

shared by Amcoffey on Jan 30, 2013 in Human Rights


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