News 02.13.19

Huwe Burton speaks out on Today Show for the first time since his exoneration

By Alicia Maule

Did you catch Huwe Burton on the Today Show yesterday? Just three weeks ago Burton was exonerated of the 1991 murder conviction of his mother, Keziah Burton.

Watch him sit down with host Craig Melvin in his first interview since he was exonerated:

Burton was just 16 years old when he became a suspect in his mother’s murder and was interrogated by police.

“It took 30 years to get it right, but life is just starting.” Huwe Burton

Bronx detectives used psychologically coercive techniques to pressure him into falsely confessing. False confessions, a leading contributing factor of wrongful convictions, are especially common among youth.

  • 33% of false confessors among DNA exonerees were 18 years old or younger at the time of arrest
  • 88% Of DNA exonerees who were arrested as minors are black

Like Burton, we’ve found that 33% of DNA exonerees who falsely confessed were minors and 88% of DNA exonerees who were arrested as minors are black.

Learn more about race and wrongful convictions in our #BlackBehindBars campaign.

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