Wrongful Convictions

Study: Blacks Comprise Majority of Defendants Who are Wrongfully Convicted

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 […]

March 12, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Isaiah McCoy

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, […]

February 9, 2017 · 0 comments ·
President Barack Obama

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 […]

January 5, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Michigan Acts to Provide Compensation for the Wrongfully Convicted

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 […]

December 21, 2016 · 0 comments ·
Sleep-deprieved arrestees often confess to crime.

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 […]

May 18, 2016 · 0 comments ·
Central Park Five call for passage of legislation

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 […]

May 2, 2016 · 0 comments ·
Mural of Ezell Ford, Jr. He was both black and mentally ill, targets for the Los Angeles police. Police shot him to death August 11, 2015. He was one of five mentally ill men shot by Los Angeles police in 2014.

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, […]

March 2, 2016 · 0 comments ·
75 black man and black women were exonerated in 2015 for crimes they didn't commit.

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 […]

February 29, 2016 · 0 comments ·
Prison bars

$5.5 million in reparations for torture victims

  Black Lives Matter and other groups receive credit   by Frederick H. Lowe The City of Chicago in January began paying $5.5 million in reparations to 57 black men who were tortured into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit by disgraced former Chicago Police Department Commander Jon Burge and his notorious “midnight crew.” Their violent interactions with Chicago’s black […]

February 2, 2016 · 0 comments ·
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials seeks to hire a project coordinator

  by Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO — Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, which successfully lobbied Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to provide an unprecedented $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured by Chicago police into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit, is seeking to hire a project coordinator to manage a community center on […]

November 3, 2015 · 0 comments ·