Wrongful Convictions

Covid-19 delays legislation that will help wrongfully convicted

The Innocence Project of New Orleans said it will continue its efforts to pass legislation to increase the annual compensation for the wrongfully convicted although state legislators are unlikely to address it this session because of the coronavirus pandemic. State Representatives Tanner Magee and Ted James have been lobbying to pass HB570, which would increase the compensation to $40,000 per[Read More…]

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Innocence Project: 2018 was a record year for exonerations

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Innocence Project reported in the most recent issue of its magazine that a record nine clients were exonerated and released from prison in 2018 for crimes they didn’t commit. Maddy deLone, the Innocence Project’s executive director, wrote in Spring 2019 issue of “The Innocence Project in Print” that the nine exonerations were most[Read More…]

Maryland creates Truth Commission about lynching. Can the commission deliver

More than 40 lynchings have been documented in Maryland By The Conversation   Between 1850 and 1950, thousands of African American men, women and children were victims of lynchings: public torture and killings carried out by white mobs. Lynchings were used to terrorize and control black people, notably in the South following the end of slavery. Yet despite the prevalence and[Read More…]

Disenfranchisement News from The Sentencing Project

May 20, 2019 Florida Lawmakers pass bill creating financial barrier to rights restoration After much debate, lawmakers passed a measure requiring people with felony convictions to pay all court-ordered restitution, fines and fees before they are allowed to vote. Democrats and civil rights advocates argue that this financial requirement is a new “poll tax” that goes against the spirit of[Read More…]

When you run out of suspects, blame black men

Mother and daughter murder five family members but initially blame it on black men A black mother and daughter who killed five members of their family initially told police that two black men had committed the grisly murders before changing their stories. Shana Decree, 45, and her daughter, Dominique, 19, killed five children, including three under 14, at the their[Read More…]

Former police chief sentenced to prison for falsifying arrest data to imprison black men for crimes they didn’t commit

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Instead of putting people behind bars, the former police chief of a Florida town will spend the next three years behind bars for falsifying data leading to the arrest and conviction of three black men for crimes they did not commit in order to boost the department’s crime-solving statistics. U.S. District Court Judge K.[Read More…]

$2.2 billion has been paid to the wrongfully convicted

Blacks exonerees get less money and many exonerees get nothing By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today State and local governments and the courts have paid wrongfully convicted men and women more than $2.2 billion in compensation, including $537 million in statutory awards and $1.7 billion to settle judgments and civil suits, but less money or sometimes nothing at all is given[Read More…]

Chicago White Sox rehire wrongfully convicted former employee who spent nearly 21 years in prison

  By Frederick H. Lowe When the umpire yells play ball at Thursday’s Chicago White Sox game, Nevest Coleman will be safe at home with the team that rehired him after he spent nearly 21 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit. Coleman was released from prison on November 20, 2017, when the Cook County State’s Attorney vacated his[Read More…]