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2,000 Innocent People Sentenced to Prison

Innocent People Sentenced to PrisonShockingly, 2,000 innocent individuals were sentenced to prison according to Northwestern University and The University of Michigan Law School register.

The National Registry of Exonerations is the principle database and gives cause to how so many individuals were wrongly convicted. This information was gathered in the past 20 years.

Here are 3 reasons the registry gives for wrongful convictions:

  1. Wrongfully Confessing
    Individuals often do not understand their right to speak with their attorney. With the stress of being arrested and prolonged questioning by the police, individuals can find themselves confessing to a crime they did not commit.
  2. DNA Testing
    The National Registry of Exonerations has only been publishing since DNA testing became a common practice. Often times the inaccuracy was caused by human error rather than technology.
  3. False Testimony
    Whether the witness was involved with police corruption or simply lied; whatever the reason for the false testimony, the recanted victims statements have released innocent individuals.

The hope for The National Registry of Exonerations is to make light of the current situation and how severe it is, but also to prevent future innocent individuals from being convicted wrongfully. As revealed above, having legal representation when charged with a misdemeanor or felony can benefit you and will reduce an your chance of being charged with a crime that you did not convict.

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This article was published on: May 31, 2012 and was last modified June 5, 2012