News coverage of Dean Cage’s release in Chicago


Dean Cage was freed last night in Illinois after serving 12 years for a crime he didn’t commit, and he spoke at a press conference this afternoon about his commitment to improving the Illinois criminal justice system so the injustice he suffered doesn’t happen to anyone else.

Innocence Project Co-Director Peter Neufeld said at the press conference that the Illinois legislature had created a commission a year ago to study wrongful convictions but has yet to appoint a single member.

“If this commission were operating as it’s supposed to, it could help prevent a substantial number of wrongful convictions and restore confidence in the state’s criminal justice system,” Neufeld said. “Perhaps most chilling is the reality that people across Illinois are still being wrongfully convicted based on eyewitness misidentification that could be prevented if the state enacted simple, straightforward reforms that are proven to work.”

Read today’s Innocence Project press release


News coverage of Dean Cage’s release:

Chicago Tribune (with video and photos):

Now free, man cleared in ’94 rape talks of life in prison

CBS News:

Innocent Man Cleared of Rape Charges

Fox News:

DNA Clears Chicago Rape Suspect After More Than 12 Years in Priso

Chicago Sun-Times:

DNA frees man convicted of rape 14 years ago

Chicago Sun-Times:

Mom reacts after son freed

Associated Press:

DNA frees man after 12 years in prison

Eyewitness Identification Reform Blog:

Another mis-ID wrongful conviction revealed in Illinois

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