In a column today, conservative columnist Stuart Taylor considers the lessons learned – and those not yet learned – from the 205 DNA exonerations so far in the United States. Recent high-profile cases have brought the issue of wrongful convictions to national attention in recent months, Taylor writes, and lawmakers should begin to take note.
America has been too slow to appreciate that the DNA exonerations, and other evidence, suggest that many thousands of other wrongly convicted people are rotting in prisons and jails around the country. And our federal, state, and local governments and courts have done far too little to adopt proposed criminal justice reforms that could reduce the number of innocent people convicted while nailing more of the real criminals.
Read the full column here
. (National Journal, 08/06/07)