Things You Should Know

HATE CRIMES, GROUPS, AND INDIVIDUALS

CRIME STATISTICS

WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

Other causes include government misconduct and inadequate defense.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

STATE OF FORENSICS

MISSING AND EXPLOITED

Studies

Comments
  1. seabird says:

    It is heartbreaking that there are no comments here.
    I have been following the Jodi Arias tragedy.
    Humans are being crushed by the abuse of our legal system.
    From what I just read on your welcome site, about wrongful convictions,
    our plight seems hopeless. May we all find peace somehow,
    and the strength to support one another.

    It was refreshing to read an article with no profanities.
    Thank you,
    seabird

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    • It can seem hopeless sometimes, but I don’t believe it is. Good things and change take time. The road is wrought with obstacles, but if people lose hope then they stop trying. You can never lose hope because some things are worth always fighting for.

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  2. sonja says:

    What I don’t understand about wrongful convictions, based on what I’ve learned, is why it takes SO LONG to get someone out of prison, once proven innocent?

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    • I don’t quite understand it either Sonja. The best I can figure is that they really don’t care that you are innocent. They got a conviction, someone is paying for the crime, and the community thinks it’s safer. The appeal system is complex and hard to maneuver at times. People who are convicted of crimes have varying levels of education, language capability, mental functioning, etc. Most people are not rich so therefore they cannot afford a high-powered attorney and good low-cost attorneys are out there, but it is hard to find one that is not already swamped with cases. Think about it this way, attorneys have two types of clients. Ones that are already in jail and ones that aren’t. Their number one priority will be the ones that are not in jail. It is easier to get in to jail then it is to get out. Some judges fight you, prosecutors will challenge everything you do, including even challenging your requests for additional testing of evidence (that is if they haven’t already gotten rid of it). People on death row tend to get pro-bono attorneys quite easily, including the Innocence Project and other non-profits, however people with long sentences who have all the time in the world tend not to get very much help. People who are innocent of small-time crimes tend to not do anything about it at all because financially it is too burdensome. However, false convictions affect your entire life from personal to financial to occupational prospects. It’s basically a lot of red tape and misplaced motives. Don’t forget this obstacle: have you ever heard of blue bloods? Police cover for each other and don’t think that judges don’t either, or prosecutors. Judges are often reluctant to rule against other judges and prosecutors from an office tend to stick together and have a united front. Did you know that even if you’re conviction is overturned, the State can recharge you and take you to trial again (adding insult to injury)? Did you know that even if you are found not guilty or a charge is dropped in most cases it remains on your record and can still affect your life? You have to get it cleared off legally, more money, more time. And did you know that you are not really considered innocent even if evidence shows it unless (in most states) they give you a certificate of innocence? Which of course is more money and more time working through the system, additional hearings, etc. It is no wonder that most people just give in to plea deals or just let the conviction go and move on. It seems the system wants you to think it isn’t worth it to be innocent. It comes down to the fact that prosecutors are measured by their number of convictions not the number of correct convictions. How many times have you heard Nancy Grace say she has a perfect record (at least one of her convictions was overturned)? Yet that doesn’t count because she got the conviction. Prosecutors work very hard to keep their status. They care more about their careers than about others lives.

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