Civil Liberties

Punished for Being Innocent

Hardened criminals show a "lack of remorse"...and so do prisoners who didn't commit crimes at all.


Over at The Huffington Post, former Reasoner Radley Balko writes about a phenomenon he calls "the innocence penalty":

Innocent people are much more likely to refuse to admit to their crimes–before and after conviction. (Although it still happens.) That "lack of remorse" often moves prosecutors to throw the book at them, judges to give them longer sentences, and parole boards to keep them behind bars for as long as possible.

Read the whole thing.