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Innocent People Released Thanks to DNA Testing

Innocent people freed after spending years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

Thanks to a non profit legal clinic founded in 1992 innocent people in prisons all over the United States have been exonerated. The Innocence Project handles only cases where post convection DNA testing can show conclusive proof of innocence. The Innocence Project has now expanded into the Innocence Network. It has become a growing nationwide group of law schools, journalism schools and Public Defenders offices. They have helped to exonerate more than 160 people. DNA testing could free 1000″s of innocent people.

The former governor of Illinois put a moratorium on the death penalty after 13 death row inmates were cleared of murder charges through DNA testing. A total of 68 death row inmates through out the United States have missed the jaws of execution thanks to DNA testing. How many people have already been executed for a crime they didn’t commit?

Improved forensic science and DNA evidence have reversed numerous convictions for people that have been incarcerated for years, some were charged and incarcerated do to testimony given by witnesses that was later found out to be mistaken identity, mistaken identities have led to wrongful murder convictions. The average sentence served by an innocent person before being released is 12 years, though a few have served more than that.

What happens to the innocent men and woman that were put behind bars for years for something they didn’t do? What do they do once they are released?

Guilty people leave prison with support from many re-entry programs like parole systems and halfway houses. Yet the exonerated folks receive little or no help at all from the system upon reentry to society. There is no funding to help them. Once released they find that much has changed in the outside world, even though they were exonerated for never committing the crime, after release many still are unable to get back to a normal life style. Many have a hard time finding jobs, living in society after being in prison for so long, many have lost their family and friends.

Below are a list of 30 States that have already exonerated innocent people, as well as how many people were exonerated in each state.

Connecticut, Washington DC, Utah, Idaho, Minnesota, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina are states that have exonerated one innocent person in each of these States. Arizona, Mississippi, Kansas and Alabama have each released two innocent people. Maryland, Montana, Wisconsin and Michigan 3 each. 5 were released in New Jersey. 6 in West Virginia and North Carolina. Georgia, Ohio and Missouri each released 7 innocent people each. 9 were released from Massachusetts, California, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Florida. 10 in Virginia and Louisiana. The States with the most innocent people that have been realised are New York with 23, Illinois with 29 and the highest State is Texas with 35 people being set free. This is a total of 217 people that have set behind bars for many years for a crime they never committed. How many more are still there waiting to be proven innocent?

Society as a whole needs to stand up and say enough is enough. Things have to change! Innocent people should not be in prisons for years before their innocence is proven! Innocent people should never be put to death. You can not bring them back after it is discovered that they were innocent! Death is death! As we all know death is final! We need to be sure that innocent people are not sitting in prison and DNA testing is the best way to do this.

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  1. ladybaby

    On April 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm


    You are right- society should stand up and demand that this practice of wrongful convictions be highly investigated. Prosecutors are often the reason for these wrongful convictions. They withhold evidence at trial, and seek convictions for their own personal, professional and political gains.NON OF THESE PROSECUTORS ARE EVER PUNISHED FOR THE EVIL DEEDS THEY DO. THIS MAKES THEM FAR WORSE THAN ANY \’REAL\’ CRIMINAL. NOT TO MENTION THAT THE REAL KILLERS GO FREE DUE TO THIS GAME OF POWER AND CONTROL TO JUDGED AND CONVICT. OFTEN THESE GUILTY PROSECUTORS ARE ELECTED INTO PUBLIC OFFICE OR BECOME JUDGES. OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS BECOME OUR \”INJUSTICE\’ SYSTEM. ANY ONE OF US CAN BE SUCKED INTO THIS NIGHTMARE, THEREFORE WE NEED TO STOP THE INSANITY BEFORE IT GETS ANY WORSE.

  2. summer

    On May 4, 2009 at 11:01 am


    I know alot of people say your a child you dont know what your talkin bout,but thats not true cause i have been lookin into alot of this stuff and some of it is rediculos like a kid gettin 8yrs for stealin two dollors from a friend and he was only 9yrs old. Now yes if they killed someone or robed a bank then yes they should be tryed as adults. i know as soon as you read this your probly going to dissagree with me and say stealing is stealing and iknow that but two dollors is a little redicoulis.

    I would appricate it if you comment back and tell me what you think because i respect your oppinion everyone has them.

  3. weegysgram

    On May 5, 2009 at 4:47 am


    Hi summer! Thanks for your comment above. What I was talking about in this article is DNA testing. There are many people that are in prison for crimes that they didn’t do.
    Yes you are right stealing is stealing but the sentance must fit the crime.If in fact the above child that you wrote about did indeed get 8 years for stealing two dollars, I agree that is a bit much unless he has been caught many times and just keeps on stealing.In my area they don’t throw young children in jail or prison, they are sent to a detention center where they can be helped and hopefully come out a better person and lead productive lives. Once again thanks for reading and commenting on this article.

  4. candi

    On June 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm


    THIS WORLD IS STUPID. THERE SHOULD NOT BE A SUCH THING AS JAIL. A PERSON SHOULD NOT HAVE THAT MUCH AUTHORITY TO RENDER IN SOMEONES LIFE. THE WORLD SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHAT HE OR SHE WISHES, ALSO, IF THERE WAS NOT A SUCH THING AS SOME PEOPLE HAVING MONEY AND SOME PEOPLE BEING RICH, THEN THERE WILL BE NO STEALING NOW WILL IT. A DEMONIC WORLD.

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