RHODES: Wrongful convictions demand judicial reform » Opinions » Evening News and Tribune

Posted: December 24, 2010 by scaryhouse in Police Misconduct, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Terrible Wrongs - Other Cases, The Causes of Wrongful Convictions, Uncategorized

According to a 1995 National Institute of Justice study of 10,060 criminal cases, more than 25 percent of prime suspects were cleared after DNA testing by the FBI excluded them. That is more than 2,500 people who may have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. Since 1989, there have been tens of thousands of cases where DNA testing saved wrongfully accused people from prosecution and possible wrongful conviction. Since then, DNA testing has cleared 261 people who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Of those, 17 spent time on death row. Time spent in prison prior to being cleared ranges from three to 26 years. Average time served is 13 years. Since the year 2000, there have been 194 exonerations won in 34 states.

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