DNA saves the day.
There have been 337 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States.
YEARS OF FREEDOM LOST
The average length of time served by exonerees is 14 years.
In total, that's 4,718 years innocent people have spent in jail.
20 of the people exonerated through DNA spent time on death row.
LEADING CAUSES OF WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
EYEWITNESS MISIDENTIFICATION was a factor in 70% of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases.
FALSE CONFESSIONS played a role in 31% of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases.
IMPROPER FORENSIC SCIENCE was present in 46% of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases.
INFORMANTS contributed to 16% of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases.
For sources visit reason.com/wrongfullyconvicted
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|Title Annotation:||Data; wrongful convictions|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2016|
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