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Police Body Cameras Are OK, But How To Protect Innocent Prisoners?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 09.26.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When society can't trust the police who are supposed to protect and serve, it's a serious problem -- one that needed to be addressed a long time ago.

3 Brooklyn Men Discuss How Wrongful Convictions Changed Their Lives

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 08.29.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


It's Time To Send Cheating Prosecutors To Jail

Jerry Bowles | Posted 08.04.2016 | Crime
Jerry Bowles

Prosecutors have been literally getting away with murder for years and it is past time for the free ride to end.

From Wrongful Convictions To Helping Free Other Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

As two of many innocent prisoners, Jeffrey and Derrick bring fresh energy to the crusade of stopping wrongful convictions. Not only are they well versed in the law, they are not afraid of educating the media about our real-life nightmares.

It's Time To Do Something About Prosecutors Who Break The Rules

John Thompson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
John Thompson

Jim Williams left me for dead. My family, my people, my community and I will never fully move on from that. No one could. I'm scared for others like me, who will be ripped to shreds by our system because they are poor and Black.

Belynda Goff: Innocent and incarcerated on another Mother's Day

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Today marks Belynda Goff's nineteenth Mother's Day as an incarcerated mother, serving a life sentence for a murder she did not commit. In 1994 Belynda, then 32 years old, lived in Green Forest, Arkansas and worked at the local Tyson plant. She was a mother of three - Stephen Lee, 3 years old, Mark, 7, and Bridgette, 15.

Two Men Convicted for Drug Crimes That Never Happened

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 03.15.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Innocent people are convicted of crimes that never even happened. These are worst case events that show what happens when the justice system goes completely off the rails. This is true whether a man is convicted of a low-level misdemeanor crime or a more serious felony offense.

Sex, Lies, and Wrongful Conviction: Kathleen Kane's Other Scandal

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 02.11.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When prosecutors and judges feel comfortable sending each other racist and sexually explicit emails for fun, something is wrong. This same cozy and corrupt system allowed my innocence to be swept under the rug for years. It's time for accountability and justice for me and so many others who have suffered from wrongful convictions.

A Record Number Of People Were Exonerated In 2015 For Crimes They Didn’t Commit

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

The Netfilx hit true-crime series “Making a Murderer” leaves many people wondering: Just how common is the story of a wrongful conviction in Ameri...

Meet the Prosecutor Fighting to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.

Ending Wrongful Convictions: No Room for Error

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The record number of exonerations of innocent prisoners last year shows that something is very wrong with our judicial system. If the saying "the proof is in the numbers" is true, then why is this system moving at a snail's pace to combat the causes of wrongful convictions?

How to Restore Faith in Our Broken Judicial System

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 09.16.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many people are responsible for securing wrongful convictions. Consider last year's record-breaking number of exonerations -- 125 in all. How many prosecutors, police officers, judges, or lawyers were fired for their participation in these 125 wrongful convictions? None.

I Was Wrongfully Convicted And So Are Too Many Others

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 08.25.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many innocent people are sitting in prison with convictions for crimes they did not commit. This is often due to prosecutors who blatantly ignore information that might point away from their chosen suspect. Much of the time, these other leads could have exonerated an innocent prisoner, but they go totally disregarded.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.

The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.21.2016 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

In this age of hollow justice, courts of order, and government-sanctioned tyranny, the Constitution is no safeguard against government wrongdoing such as SWAT team raids, domestic surveillance, police shootings of unarmed citizens, indefinite detentions, asset forfeitures, prosecutorial misconduct and the like.

When Prosecutors Deny Justice for the Innocent

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.15.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

While some prosecutors do their job honestly and stand for justice, there are others who are responsible for intentionally wrongfully convicting innocent people. And as if that weren't enough, they do whatever is necessary to maintain these false convictions.

How the Media Helps (and Hurts) Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.12.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The media cannot continue to be selective in choosing which cases -- which innocent lives, that is -- to bring to the public's attention. We are talking about human beings, here, after all. Why do we have to spend 10, 15, 20, 25, or more years in prison before the mainstream media will break stories of our innocence?

Innocent Bystanders: How Inept Attorneys Enable Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.02.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

No attorney who is just a year out of law school should be representing someone when their life is at stake. Everyone should be entitled to effective counsel. My innocence could have been proven from day one if I'd had effective counsel at trial.

The Truth Is in the Numbers: Stop Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

I'm one of many prisoners who are completely innocent, but continue to suffer at the hands of prosecutors who represent anything but justice. We are not guilty, so we don't want sympathy. We demand justice from the legal system that has failed us.

Jimmy Dennis: A System Not Designed for Innocence

David A. Love | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis' case reveals a great deal about a hopelessly broken system that administers the law, but does not necessarily dispense justice.

What #TheDress Says About Eyewitness Misidentification

Adam Banner | Posted 05.23.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

So, if the description of a single dress -- a still image -- can be so polarizing, what does this say about eyewitness identification and memory of an event that likely occurred in a traumatic situation?

Recent Rash of Exonerations Only the Surface: Many More Remain Wrongfully Imprisoned

Jeffrey Deskovic | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Deskovic

Last year there were 91 exonerations. This year there have been 90 thus far. To date there have been 1482 exonerations overall, only 321 of them being DNA related. What is causing the staggering number of wrongful convictions?

The Penalty Is a Film That Must Be Seen

David A. Love | Posted 02.01.2015 | Arts
David A. Love

Given that a state sanctioned policy such as the death penalty is carried out in the name of the public -- yet has operated under a shroud of secrecy for far too long -- it is fitting that someone should examine the nuts and bolts of the machinery of death.

Dear Governor Beebe: Please Bring Belynda Home for the Holidays

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

To the police, Belynda wasn't a victim. She wasn't a stunned and grieving widow with three children. She was a suspect. No, she was worse. In their eyes, she was the perpetrator.

Exonerated Man On How The World's Changed Since He Went To Prison In 1985

HuffPost LIve | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 10.16.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

David McCallum served 29 years in prison after being coerced into offering a false confession for the kidnapping and murder of a 20-year-old boy in 19...