Wrongful Convictions

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…]

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…]

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…]

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