Wrongful Convictions

Man cleared of murder after 16 years behind bars

By Frederick H. Lowe A Connecticut judge has dismissed a 1991 murder indictment against Alfred Swinton who spent 16 years in prison until DNA and other evidence cleared him of the crime for which he maintained his innocence from the day police  handcuffed him, according to the Innocence Project. Swinton was arrested in 1991 for the murder of Carla Terry[Read More…]


Felony disenfranchisement affects 16% of Mississippi’s black electorate

  One out of every 10 adults, who has served a prison sentence after being convicted of a crime, cannot vote in Mississippi, which affects 16% of the black electorate. “This rate is more than triple the national rate of disenfranchisement,” according to a new report Felony Disenfranchisement in Mississippi by the Mississippi NAACP, One Voice and The Sentencing Project. [Read More…]

Study: Blacks Comprise Majority of Defendants Who are Wrongfully Convicted

By Frederick H. Lowe African Americans comprise the majority of defendants wrongfully convicted of murder, sexual assault and drug crimes who are later exonerated, according to a study released by the National Registry of Wrongful Convictions. The report titled “Race and Wrongful Convictions in the United States” reported that African Americans constituted 47% of the 1,900 exonerations listed in the[Read More…]

President Obama Praised for Helping the Wrongfully Convicted

By Frederick H. Lowe The Innocence Project has praised President Barack Obama, his executive staff, leaders throughout federal agencies and a bipartisan Congress for policies supporting the innocent and the wrongfully convicted. Maddy deLone, executive director of the Innocence Project, touched on a number of things that President Obama and others have done to help the wrongfully convicted rebuild their[Read More…]

Michigan Acts to Provide Compensation for the Wrongfully Convicted

Legislation that would provide compensation for the wrongfully convicted has passed the Michigan House of Representatives. People who are exonerated would receive $50,000 a year for every year they were incarcerated under one bill that passed on a vote of 104-2. Another bill, which passed unanimously, would require the Michigan Department of Corrections to provide clothing allowances, medical care and[Read More…]

Lack of sleep can lead to false confessions

Posted by Andy Henion Michigan State University Sleep-deprived people are much more likely to sign false confessions than rested individuals, according to a new study that has important implications for police interrogation practices. The odds of signing a false confession are 4.5 times higher for people who have been awake for 24 hours than for those who had slept eight[Read More…]

Central Park Five call for passage of legislation

Three members of the New York’s Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted in 1989 for the rape of a woman jogger in Central Park due to false confessions, have joined with the Innocence Project to help pass long-stalled New York legislation requiring police to record interrogations and implement eyewitness identification reform to protect against misidentification and false confession. Some[Read More…]

Los Angeles police shot to death higher numbers of the mentally ill and disproportionate numbers of blacks

The Los Angeles police last year fatally shot a higher number of people suffering from mental illness compared with previous years, according to the LAPD’s “Use of Force Year End Review and Executive Summary for 2015.” Fourteen of a total of 38 LAPD fatal shootings involved men with signs of mental illness. This number is up from five in 2014,[Read More…]

75 black men and women were exonerated in 2015

A record 149 individuals exonerated; the majority were black By Frederick H. Lowe The National Registry of Exonerations at the University of Michigan Law School reported that 71 black men and four black women were exonerated in 2015 for crimes they didn’t commit. Last year, a record 149 individuals from 29 states, the District of Columbia, the federal court and[Read More…]