United States Justice: 2,000 Convicted Then Exonerated Over 23 Years

JailbaitReports the AP via CBS News:

More than 2,000 people who were falsely convicted of serious crimes have been exonerated in the United States in the past 23 years, according to a new archive compiled at two universities.

There is no official record-keeping system for exonerations of convicted criminals in the country, so academics set one up. The new national registry, or database, painstakingly assembled by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, is the most complete list of exonerations ever compiled.

The database compiled and analyzed by the researchers contains information on 873 exonerations for which they have the most detailed evidence. The researchers are aware of nearly 1,200 other exonerations, for which they have less data.

They found that those 873 exonerated defendants spent a combined total of more than 10,000 years in prison, an average of more than 11 years each…

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  • artek

    300,000 people annually convicted of felonies and an average of 80 per year are wrongful convictions? 

    An error rate of one-half of one-tenth of one-percent seems pretty good to me. 

    Assuming there’s 1,000% more innocent people convicted than we know about that’s an error rate of one-tenth of one-percent. Still pretty decent. 

    Nice to hear some good news among the doom & gloom. 

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      Not such good news if you’re one of the ones wrongfully convicted.

      Frequently these cases are found to involve police or prosecutorial  misconduct.  Each such case diminished the legitimacy of our government.

      When it’s finally all gone, we’ll be in serious trouble.

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