We need to leave ourselves room for making good when we inevitably convict the wrong people.
A meticulous re-enactment of the misbegotten prosecution of the Central Park Five gets a lot right.
'Some People Might Say That Ricky Fell Through a Crack in the System. This Is Not a Crack. This Is the System.'
Over 23 years ago Missouri’s criminal justice system failed a man charged with murder. This week he’s looking at his last best chance at freedom.
Annual exoneration report shows growth in amount of time served and increasing levels of official misconduct.
District attorneys rarely ever get punished for misbehavior that puts innocent people behind bars. Is that about to change?
Government misconduct a big driver of exonerations last year.
Fifteen men allegedly framed by a corrupt sergeant have convictions overturned.
The Detroit Crime Lab, shut down in 2008 for negligence, switched test bullets with autopsy bullets in order to convict Desmond Ricks.
Everything from official misconduct to bad eyewitness identifications to false confessions played roles.
Not even DNA evidence can get him to change his mind.
A judge makes unfounded accusations against a dead man whose life was stolen to save the state from "automatic financial liability."
"An over-technical interpretation of the law" leaves the late Glenn Ford's family with no remuneration for the life he spent behind bars.
Innocent Man Spent 30 Years in Prison, Died a Year After His Release. Now the State Might Finally Pay
Louisiana denied modest financial compensation to Glenn Ford because he couldn't prove his "factual innocence."
Another record year for proving some people behind bars are innocent.
Three years in prison without a trial, often in solitary, contributed to young man's suicide.
"I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself."
Last year 125 people were freed from prison due to innocence, including six on death row.
The egregious Joe Freeman Britt.
Prosecutors increasingly willing to reevaluate cases
87 were released from prison in 2013 after proving they didn't do it
Texas case went back to 1992
Says he was tormented into confessing to a rape he didn't commit
A remarkable amount of foot-dragging by state's justice system
Spent years in jail over sexual assault charges based on faulty science
Have been in jail from sexual assault case dating back to 1994
Freed after judge overruled conviction
Thanks to court delays
Police beat a false confession from Eric Caine
Seems appropriate, since their laws put those people behind bars
Governments are slow to fix their mistakes