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April 19, 2004

Stealing Lives

What are the numbers of the wrongly convicted in our prisons? Projecting from those wrongly convicted in capital and rape crimes, where higher scrutiny and DNA testing has freed hundreds of people, the numbers are chilling:

Indeed, the study says, "if we reviewed prison sentences with the same level of care that we devote to death sentences, there would have been over 28,500 non-death-row exonerations in the past 15 years rather than the 255 that have in fact occurred."
Lives upon lives destroyed. For young people wrongly convicted and sent into prison hell-holes, they might as well be dead, since the men who emerge will hardly be the same people as the near-children sent in.

28,500 lives wrongly destroyed. Forget Hollywood; it's not the guilty who get off. It's the innocent who don't get a break.

Posted by Nathan at April 19, 2004 08:12 AM