National Registry Of Exonerations: More Than 2,000 People Freed After Wrongful Convictions

  • metta

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    May 22, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    National Registry Of Exonerations: More Than 2,000 People Freed After Wrongful Convictions















    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/21/national-registry-of-exonerations_n_1534030.html
  • metta

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    May 23, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    Among the findings by the database researchers:

    Perjury and false accusations are the most common causes of a bogus conviction, accounting for 51 percent of the cases included in the database;

    Men make up 93 percent of the exonerated defendants;

    African Americans represent 50 percent of the names on the database; whites make up 38 percent. Latinos account for 11 percent, and Native Americans and Asians make up 2 percent;

    The most common crime on the list is murder, representing 48 percent of the exonerations. Sexual assaults are the second most common at 35 percent. There's a steep drop-off to other crimes, with robberies equaling 5 percent, while drug, white collar and non-violent crimes amount to 7 percent;

    There have been 101 death-row inmates freed.