A. Barton Hinkle: We Need More Innocence Commissions


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According to a study published in the journal of the National Academies of Sciences, more than two-thirds of all the innocent people on death row have yet to be exonerated.

Civil libertarians and liberals justifiably find this outrageous. Conservatives should, too. After all: For every innocent person sitting behind bars, there's a guilty perp walking around free, laughing his head off at the sap who took the fall for him—and the boneheads who made it happen. What's the solution? It would be a good start, argues A. Barton Hinkle, if every state followed the lead of North Carolina and established its own Innocence Inquiry Commission. It's time to start righting the wrongs of our broken criminal justice system.