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Innocence Project

Unreliable Field Drug Tests Result In Innocent People Pleading Guilty

Barry Scheck | Posted 07.15.2016 | Crime
Barry Scheck

Without in any way minimizing the unforeseen difficulties involved in achieving any single criminal justice reform, this is one problem we can solve with a co-operative, good faith effort by multiple stakeholders. Why not just do it?

Speaking at Harvard Law, "Making a Murderer" Attorney Dean Strang Highlights Our Troubling Rate of Wrongful Convictions--and Suggests a Solution

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The vast majority of prosecutors are true professionals, keenly aware of their immense power and its consequent responsibility. They form accurate conclusions on guilt far more often than the converse. Still, cognitive bias and overconfidence touch us all.

Compensation Statutes Fail Those Wrongly Convicted

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.28.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Imagine serving a decade or more for a crime you didn't commit. Maybe even on death row. By what seems a miracle, you find yourself exonerated on DNA ...

Don't Believe the Bite

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 05.11.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Originally posted to the Wrongful Convictions Blog on May 10, 2016 Eddie Lee Howard, Jr. has been on Mississippi's death row for nearly two decades,...

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.

No Person Should Have More Care in Prison Than in Freedom

Larry Schooler | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

We run from that which makes us uncomfortable, and those convicted of crime can easily give us that feeling. In the case of Darryl Hunt, I plan to sit with this discomfort and ask myself what care a free person deserves--no matter their past.

Secretary Clinton, Join Bernie Sanders & the Democratic Party: Oppose Capital Punishment

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The story of the Democratic primaries is Hillary Clinton's leftward shift. (It remains unclear whether the story's a fiction.) Strangely, a key posit...

Beale Street Talks, Vol. 4

Gabriel James Bump | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Gabriel James Bump

Volumes one and two and three are available here and here and here. "My mother just told me off for frying chicken unevenly. Talking to y'all getting...

Actually, Steven Avery Is a Lucky Guy

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 01.20.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

Steven Avery was a lucky man. If he hadn't been framed for rape, he would have no chance of successfully challenging his conviction for murder.

Reasonable Doubts: One Murder Convict's Quest For A New Trial

New England Center for Investigative Reporting/WBUR | LaurenWeber | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

The following story was reported by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and WBUR, and published here in collaboration with The Huffingt...

Making an Accomplice: Why "Making a Murderer's" Brendan Dassey Deserves a Re-Trial--Even if His Uncle Doesn't

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Like his uncle, Brendan may be guilty. Unlike his uncle, his conviction rests entirely on the coerced confession of a frightened, mentally-challenged boy badgered by grown men wielding badges and guns and uniforms and loud, firm voices.

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?

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Escaping from the Dark

Matthew Cooke | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Technology affords us a new hope. With the advent of the iPhone we're in a national state of shock regarding the incredibly destructive "shoot first" culture of many police departments. This shock could lead to major reform that could uplift and save so many lives.

Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Eats Cheeseburger After 36 Years Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.23.2015 | Crime

Michael Hanline spent 36 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. When he was finally released, one of the first things he asked for was a ham...

FBI Unit Gave Flawed Testimony Against Defendants In Almost All Trials Before 2000

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime

WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have acknowledged that almost all of the experts in a forensic unit dedicated to ...

Louisiana Frees Inmate From Controversial Life Sentence

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2015 | Crime

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A Louisiana inmate whose case for leniency is before the U.S. Supreme Court was f...

Jesse Friedman's Case and the Appearance of Impropriety

Perry Binder | Posted 03.10.2015 | College
Perry Binder

In plain English, Judge Corrigan should remove herself from this case to maintain public trust in our judicial system. Such an act is not atypical for judges since they must project the highest level of professionalism in the legal process.

10 Things People Don't Understand About 'Serial' Unless You're a Criminal Attorney

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Tamara Shayne Kagel

I've noticed that most people listening to "Serial" don't know some key facts about the criminal justice system. Here are some of the most common misconceptions I've noticed about people's comprehension of the legal system which ultimately we are all beholden to.

Dealing With the Racial Nature of Wrongful Convictions

David A. Love | Posted 02.22.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to change that.

To Harvard and Other Universities: In Protecting Students From Sexual Assault, Don't Disregard Due Process

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Michael Shammas

Yes, Harvard's previous sexual assault policy was utterly inadequate to protect survivors of sexual misconduct -- as are far too many policies still in place at other American universities. But the new policy goes dangerously far in another direction, and law professors were right to call their university out.

When the Guilty Are (Wrongly) Acquitted

Joel Cohen | Posted 09.24.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

We must talk about the wrongful conviction of innocent men and women, to remind ourselves that we need to look closely at a system that is flawed and will sometimes fail. But in that vein, don't we also need to look at the consequences when those who may actually be guilty are acquitted, particularly when they are repeat offenders guilty of violent crimes?

Simon McCormack

'The Worst Of The Worst' Aren't The Only Ones Who Get Executed (INFOGRAPHIC)

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime

A new study suggests that the people put to death in America are hardly the worst of the worst offenders. The study, published in Hastings Law Jour...

Sleep No More

Richard LaGravenese | Posted 09.09.2014 | Entertainment
Richard LaGravenese

On average, one out of every 25 Death Row inmates are innocent. In developing The Divide, premiering July 16 on WEtv, our attempt to portray their stories as well as those dedicated to the Innocence Project has been a humbling experience.