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

Two men served a combined 36 years for a rape that never occurred
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Two men served a combined 36 years for a rape that never occurred

By Frederick H. Lowe Two men, who served a combined 36 years in prison for a 1991 kidnaping and gang rape that never occurred because the woman lied, on Monday had their convictions vacated.  The woman, however, will not be prosecuted for lying under oath because the statute of limitations has expired. Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry had their convictions […]

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

Felony disenfranchisement affects 16% of Mississippi’s black electorate
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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.  […]

Study: Blacks Comprise Majority of Defendants Who are Wrongfully Convicted
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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 […]

Isaiah McCoy
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157th Death Row Prisoner Exonerated

By Frederick H. Lowe Isaiah McCoy, a death row inmate, became the 157th person in the United States and the first one this year to be exonerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Prosecutors charged McCoy with shooting to death James Munford, 30, during a drug deal in the parking lot of a Dover, Delaware, bowling alley on May 4, […]

President Barack Obama  admits he made a major mistake in Libya after the overthrow of Gaffadi
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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 […]

Michigan Acts to Provide Compensation for the Wrongfully Convicted
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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 […]

Sleep-deprieved arrestees often confess to crime.
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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 […]