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

Jeffrey Deskovic | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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.

Ricky Jackson, Exonerated After 39 Years In Prison, Is 'Living In The Moment'

AP | Lisa Cornwell | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A man freed after nearly four decades in prison when a witness said he lied as a boy came to Cincinnati on Tuesday to thank the law...

Dear Governor Beebe: Please Bring Belynda Home for the Holidays

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 11.25.2014 | 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...

'Rectify' Returns With More Realism on Life After Exoneration

Alison Flowers | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
Alison Flowers

Apart from media coverage about wrongful convictions -- and the multi-million dollar settlements some have won -- little is known about how exonerated prisoners struggle to reenter society and rebuild the lives they lost.

Are Women Left Behind in Exonerations?

Alison Flowers | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Alison Flowers

While most exonerations involve a crime where someone else is responsible, this often does not hold true in women's cases. For the majority of female exonerations, no crime occurred in the case at all.

The European Union, the United States and the Death Penalty

David A. Love | Posted 02.17.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

More Americans are coming to learn -- as Europeans have known for quite some time -- that the death penalty is a fundamental violation of human rights. Capital punishment deprives human beings of their dignity and perpetuates a vicious cycle of societal violence.

After Exoneration, Tibbs Pursued Justice

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 02.08.2014 | Black Voices
Diann Rust-Tierney

Delbert Tibbs was sentenced to death in Florida for the murder of Terry Milroy and the rape of his companion, Cynthia Nadeau. He was innocent. Delbert Tibbs was once quoted as saying 'God sent me to death row so I could be a witness.'

Delbert Tibbs, Death Row Survivor, May You Rest In Peace

David A. Love | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

During times of strife, conflict and violence, we turn to the Delbert Tibbses of our world to lead us down a path towards justice and righteousness. They know that winning the war we are fighting will not come through guns or drones, but rather with the forcefulness of our ideas, and the strength of our convictions.

Why I Keep Sending Books to Prisoners

Idealist | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact

We don't have a charming mascot, color or theme. We send books to an underserved and incarcerated population. A lot of people have problems with that. Many believe that prisoners just ought to be punished.

Charges Dismissed Against Mother Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

Posted 06.18.2013 | Chicago

A Chicago mother who spent nearly eight years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of her young son's strangling death is finally — and comple...

Putting the Brakes on Philly's Death Penalty

David A. Love | Posted 07.14.2013 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The followings are remarks I gave on May 4 at the kickoff rally of the Philadelphia Moratorium Campaign at the First United Methodist Church of German...

Dual Personalities Emerge in Wrongful Conviction Cases

David Protess | Posted 06.09.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Law enforcement agencies across the country are increasingly reviewing old cases and proudly reporting their mistakes. Prosecutors have launched conviction integrity units in San Jose, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Lake County (IL), Manhattan and Brooklyn.

WATCH: The Death Penalty's Fatal Flaws

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.28.2013 | Crime
Bill Moyers

Over time, Supreme Court Justices have fine-tuned the circumstances under which the death penalty may still apply, but no set of laws or jurisprudence can undo wrongful executions -- or, it seems, completely prevent them.

Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Grisly Murder Wins $13.2 Million

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 03.10.2013 | Crime

CINCINNATI -- An Ohio man who was exonerated after spending 13 years in prison for murder cried as a federal jury found that two Cleveland police dete...

Exonerated After 23 Years: Helped by Another Exonerated Victim

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.21.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

As an activist, I receive many requests for help from people who suffer from injustice or are imprisoned. Recouping lost freedom is the ultimate goal, but it is rarely achieved. However, once in a blue moon, through determination and help from others, this goal is met.

Man Spent 11 Years In Prison For Murder He Didn't Commit

AP | Posted 10.02.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- A man whose murder conviction was overturned after he spent 11 years in prison has been awarded $2 million by New York State. The award s...

A Son's Tribute to His Imprisoned Father

David Protess | Posted 08.13.2012 | Chicago
David Protess


American Trifecta: Broken Political, Economic and Justice Systems

David A. Love | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
David A. Love

When citizens begin to question the institutions that have failed them and society for the benefit of the few, that's when real change has a chance to peek through the window.

Doubly Victimizing the Wrongfully Convicted

David Protess | Posted 07.29.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

In Illinois restitution isn't assured unless a freed prisoner first proves his innocence. That's right. Even if the charges have been dropped, he must convince the county's presiding judge that he didn't do the crime.

Meet the Exonerated

David Protess | Posted 07.22.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

The next time you see an exoneree take his first steps to freedom, look past their smiles. Get pissed. Get involved. Make a difference.

Law and Disorder: The Psychology of False Confessions

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.13.2012 | Crime
Wray Herbert

Confessions are powerful and damning evidence, which is a good thing if the defendant is guilty. But what if the defendant is innocent?

Report: Judge Turned A Blind Eye To Wrongful Convictions

AP | Posted 09.28.2011 | Crime

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in Los Angeles allowed reports indicating inmates might have been wrongly convicted to languish for years, saying ...

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.