News 12.12.11

How Many Innocent People are in Prison?

A recent Mother Jones article attempts to answer this question with help from the Innocence Project, the Center on Wrongful Convictions and experts in the field.

Extrapolating from the 281 known DNA exonerations in the US since the late 1980s, a conservative

 

estimate is that 1 percent of the US prison population, approximately 20,000 people, are falsely convicted.

In fact, since the late 1980s there have been as many as 850 exonerations nationwide, according to


University of Michigan law professor Samuel Gross, a leading researcher in the field. Many of them float under the radar, Gross says, unlike the highly publicized DNA exonerations.

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  1. Cowan Cowan says:

    Yes how does an individual help…. When the
    system is so Pathetically Broken

  2. Dana Risinger says:

    How does an individual help?

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