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Wrongful Conviction

How F***** Up Is This?

David Protess | Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

Anthony McKinney and Armando Serrano are serving long prison terms for murder. Both were wrongfully convicted. And Cook Co. prosecutors have turned their fight for freedom into a bizarre sideshow.

Are Gangsters Playing Cop Lotto With Your Tax Payer Money?

Karen Salmansohn | Posted 11.07.2011 | Crime
Karen Salmansohn

What you presently know to be true about wrongful conviction cases might not be the whole truth.

The West Memphis Three: Damien Echols, Capital Punishment, And Christian Hypocrisy

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Capital punishment is incompatible with the Christian faith for a number of biblical and theological reasons.

Radley Balko

A Fraudulent Conviction? Mississippi Woman Serving 44-Year Sentence Despite Discredited Testimony | Radley Balko | Posted 10.09.2011 | Crime

Prosecutors in the U.S. often decry what is sometimes called the "CSI Effect." Movies and TV crime dramas like the popular "CSI" franchise on CBS can ...

It's a Matter of Respect

Andrea Lyon | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

In just a few days, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute a Mexican citizen. His name is Humberto Leal Garcia. Mr. Leal is a Mexican nat...

Presumed Guilty: Group Seeks to Exonerate Four Yankton Sioux Men

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 08.28.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Woodard

The National Center for Reason and Justice, which has mounted successful campaigns to exonerate those falsely accused of sex crimes against children, ...

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System | Radley Balko | Posted 10.31.2011 | Crime

Note: In conjunction with the launch of HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko looks at several myths and...

The Truth About False Confessions

Katy Welter | Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Understanding the conditions that give rise to false confessions will help prevent a phenomenon that implicates innocent people.

I Am Troy Davis

James Clark | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
James Clark

I've never met him, but Troy Anthony Davis, on Georgia's death row since 1991 despite grave doubts concerning his guilt, is the reason I left the work I was pursuing in graduate school and devoted myself to working against the death penalty.

Chicago Police Miss the Message about the Cost of Wrongful Convictions

Locke Bowman | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Mayor-elect Emanuel has made a point of vowing to make Chicago a cost efficient city. The role of the Chicago Police Department in wrongful convictions is costing the city tens of millions of dollars.

After 25 Years In Prison, Falsely Accused Man Helps Others Avoid Same Fate

Nicole Skibola | Posted 06.07.2011 | Impact
Nicole Skibola

During the week of August 28, 2008, Darryl Burton was exonerated of his capital murder charge -- after spending 24 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

A Supreme Miscalculation: High Court Should Revisit Prosecutorial Immunity

Locke Bowman | Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

John Thompson has lived through more ups and downs than most of us will. In April 1985, he was convicted of an armed robbery he did not commit and sentenced to 49 and one half years in prison.

Alleged Torture Victim Released From Prison As Ex-Cop Linked To His Beatings Reports To Jail

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As a former Chicago police commander reported to federal prison Wednesday for lying about the torture of murder suspects decades ago, ...

The Price of Injustice: Wrongfully Convicted Deserve Full Compensation

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The State of Illinois owes a debt to the innocent people who have been convicted in our justice system of crimes they didn't commit and then been forced to serve years of wrongful imprisonment.

Finding the Right Poison

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Is it all right for the person to be paralyzed and in pain and know they are about to die for one minute? Five? Ten? An hour? Where do we draw the line?

Dad Cleared In Daughter's Accuses County Cops Of Torture

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A man who spent five years in jail for the Mother's Day murders of his daughter and her friend before DNA evidence cleared him filed a...

Governor Quinn: Sign the Abolition Bill

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Abolishing the death penalty is good for citizens of Illinois, good for our budget, good for families of victims and good for our court system. It may even make our state safer.

Scott Sisters Freed! Gov. Barbour Wants a Kidney for their Freedom

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

I wish the Scott Sisters the best in their regaining their freedom and hope they lead fruitful lives. And I pray that Governor Barbour does not use the freedom for organs tradeoff anymore in the future to save the state of Mississippi tax dollars.

Silence as Assent

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Something extraordinary is happening in Texas. A trial judge is holding hearings and listening to evidence about whether that state's death penalty i...

The Next Three Days: Desperate Characters

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The new film The Next Three Days is advertised as an action thriller, and at the end it is. But at the start it is purely a psychological thriller tha...

Witness to Innocence

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Men who have become exonerated after serving on death row were saved in spite of the system, not because of it. To say otherwise is not only inaccurate, it is cruel.

Take the Loco out of Local New York Politics: Local Issues That Matter

Lynne Glasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lynne Glasner

Although we know there are many aspects of our criminal justice system that are broken, most politicians are unwilling to support measures that might address the injustices.

Conviction: Unvalidated Science in the Courtroom

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Linda Kenney Baden

The movie Conviction is a compelling hit. It is both a condemnation of the criminal justice system and a celebration of familial love that leads ...

Bronx Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 21 Years Gets $18.5M

NY1 | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

After spending 21 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, a city jury this week awarded a Bronx man $18.5 million. Alan Newton was convicted in...

A Near Miss

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Andrea Lyon

Witness memory is like any other evidence at a crime scene; it must be preserved carefully and retrieved methodically, or it can be contaminated.