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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: Sister's Long Struggle Against Injustice

Pat Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Pat Nolan

There is already a great deal of Oscar buzz about Swank's portrayal of Betty Anne Waters' eighteen year struggle against the injustice suffered by her brother. But such instances of injustice need to be a larger part of the real-life public discussion as well.

Recording Interrogations is a Public Safety Imperative

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

Last month, Frank Sterling was exonerated by DNA evidence after being incarcerated 18 years for a crime he did not commit. Sterling was wrongfully con...

Reversal of Fortune: How a Pardon Halts Detention and Deportation

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

The fate of a young immigrant man seemed set in stone - mandatory detention since he was a 'criminal alien' followed by deportation to the country of ...

Another Exoneration Demonstrates the Need for Criminal Justice Reform

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

A fair and accurate system not only prevents wrongful convictions, it more effectively identifies the guilty and strengthens public trust in our system of justice.

DNA: The Freedom Fighter (Part III of III)

Cari Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cari Shane

Since 2006, Maine resident Morrison Bonpasse has worked tirelessly for the exoneration of a man he had never met or even heard of until just a few years ago.

Our Justice System Needs to Protect Children's Human Rights

Bernardine Dohrn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bernardine Dohrn

Routine police interrogation methods have elicited an outrageously high proportion of false confessions -- coerced confessions given by innocent suspects, especially children, who quickly recant.

William McCaffrey's Exoneration Highlights Plight Of Wrongly Convicted | Edith Honan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A recent spate of exonerations in New York state has put renewed focus on the plight of the wrongly convicted, with advocates saying it is not as easy...

DNA: The Freedom Fighter (Part II of III)

Cari Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cari Shane

As we countdown the top stories of 2009, for a small group of Americans there's no top-100 list, top-20 or top-10 list. For these few dozen Americans there's only one story worth recapping: their exoneration.

The Rape That Wasn't: The Wrongful Conviction of Jarrett Adams

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

While Jarrett Adams' wrongful conviction for rape is a riveting story, the real story, as he likes to say, is what he's doing now. After he won his freedom, he went back to school.

Two More Exonerations Stress the Need for Credible Evidence

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Two new exonerations reveal the very real threat of false testimony, and the strong need for corroborating evidence to ensure that credible testimony is presented to juries in criminal trials.

James Bain, Florida Man, Exonerated After 35 Years Behind Bars

AP | MITCH STACY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BARTOW, Fla. — James Bain used a cell phone for the first time Thursday, calling his elderly mother to tell her he had been freed after 35 years...

Why Young People Falsely Confess to Police

Steve Drizin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

I've seen police lie to children in all manner of ways, telling one child that his dead sister's blood was found in his bedroom and a different boy that his father had awakened from a coma and told police the boy was his assailant.

Barney Brown: His First Year of Freedom

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

On September 24, Barney Brown celebrates his first year of freedom after 38 years of wrongful incarceration. His story is one of the most egregious wrongful convictions in U.S. history.

Lapses Are the Norm, Not the Exception When It Comes to Our Justice System

Amy Bach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Bach

Law enforcement agencies work independently of each other, and don't coordinate well as a rule. When problems do arise, they are quick to renounce responsibility. Usually, they blame each other.

Trial and Error: Houston, We've Got a Problem

Lynne Glasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynne Glasner

As Morgenthau steps down as DA, one of the three primary contestants stands out. Richard Aborn has a track record of working for reform.

Still Clinging to the Barbarity of the Death Penalty

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Since it is impossible to avoid error, the only way one can support the death penalty is to suggest that we have expendable portions of society.

When It Comes to Claims of Actual Innocence, Courts Need to Consider Recantations

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

You might think that judges would be willing to review convictions based on testimony that was later recanted, but in fact courts frequently ignore recantations.

Lack of Consistency Leads to Lack of Justice

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

We recently released a report on thirty-nine DNA cases of wrongful conviction in Texas. Collectively, these thirty-nine innocent men served almost 500 years for crimes they did not commit.

New Report Analyzes Texas Wrongful Convictions Exposed by DNA

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

An analysis of all wrongful convictions in Texas reveals distinct patterns in the types of mistakes that lead to convicting the innocent.

The Price of Justice: Time to Invest in Criminal Justice Reforms

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

It is easy -- but wrong -- to say that we can save money by slashing government funding for lawyers for defendants who cannot afford to hire their own.

Letting Go of the Death Penalty

Richard C. Dieter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard C. Dieter

California has 670 people on death row. Each one of them costs the state about $90,000 per year over what it would cost to keep them in prison if they were condemned to permanent jail time instead.

Florida Exoneration Reveals a Lack of Prosecutorial Accountability

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Investigating the prosecutors who might be responsible for the miscarriages of justice in Florida would be a critical first step in preventing acts of misconduct in the future.