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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 year ago

Are innocent people in this day and age , still wrongfully convicted?

Due to being lied on , or a police report being falsely filed. How often does it happen that one is jailed and wrongly convicted / charged for a crime that they in fact did not commit ?

If a woman accuses a man of rape WITHOUT evidence or proof . Does this automatically lead to his arrest and most likely sentencing?

Or if a woman intentionally bloodies her nose or bruises her skin by intentionally hitting herself . And then claims her boyfriend hurt her?

Or being accused of drunken driving when you in fact did not have anything to drink?

Or dishonest law enforcement officers who intentionally falsify a report?

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes regularly.

    The National Registry of Exonerations reports that in the United States between 1989 and

    February 2014, there were more than 1,300 exonerations that have occurred (Redlich, Acker,

    Norris, & Bonventure, 2014). Of those that are wrongfully convicted, on average the individual

    spent more than 10 years in prison (Redlich, Acker, Norris, & Bonventure, 2014). As of 2014,

    there have been about 300 exonerations that were due to DNA, and of those 300 exonerations,

    about 30% involved a false confession as a reason for conviction (Kassin, 2014). In 2000,

    surveys completed by about 1,300 prisoners in California, Michigan, and Texas led researchers

    to discover that 15.4% of the inmates reported they were innocent (Acker & Redlich, 2011). A

    survey was administered to Ohio police officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges

    between 2002 and 2003 (Acker & Redlich, 2011). The results of the survey revealed that in the

    United States in approximately 1% to 3% of felony cases, a wrongful conviction occurs, which

    equals about 10,000 a year (Acker & Redlich, 2011). While this may be a small percentage, it is

    still a problem because there are many negative consequences brought by a wrongful conviction.

    There are some common causes for wrongful convictions, such as, eyewitness misidentification, invalidated or improper forensic science, unreliable testimony, false confessions, negligence, government and prosecutorial misconduct, suppression of exculpatory evidence, and ineffective lawyering.


    No one knows how many people wrongfully convicted of crimes are in prison, but last year 139 of them were exonerated. That's a drop from 2016, when there were 171 such cases.

    The numbers released today by the National Registry of Exonerations shows that Texas still led the nation with 23 exonerees last year followed by Illinois (21), Michigan (14) and New York (13).

    Professor Barbara O'Brien, a Michigan State University law professor and editor of the National Registry, says a record high number of cases, 84 of the 139, were tainted by official misconduct by police, prosecutors and other government officials.

    Black People Are Wrongly Convicted Of Murder More Often, Data Show

    Mistaken eyewitness identification and false confessions also played a role, while perjury and false accusations affected a record 87 cases.

    The most striking difference between 2017 and preceding years was a steep decline in the number of drug crime exonerations. For example, in 2016 there were 61 and last year 16.

    Most of that decline occurred in Harris County — home to Houston. Officials there cleared a backlog of drug cases after testing showed defendants who had pleaded guilty were actually innocent because the substances police seized from them were not illegal drugs.

    The report also found that at least 96 defendants in Chicago and Baltimore were found to be innocent in "group exonerations" that occurred after evidence showed police officers were systematically framing people for drug crimes.

    More than half of the exonerations were the result of reinvestigations of cases conducted by Conviction Integrity Units in the offices of local district attorneys and innocence organizations — such as wrongful conviction clinics run at law schools.

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  • 12 months ago

    It will continue to occur forever. On the other hand, there are lots of guilty people who are acquitted.

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  • 1 year ago

    So you think rapists should only be charged if there are witnesses to the rape? That makes about 95% of rapes beyond the protection of the law. All accusations of all crimes are scrutinized but allowing 95% of rapists to go free is not acceptable.

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  • 1 year ago

    Happens all the time.

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  • Yes. It happens so often that there is a group called The Innocence Project that was founded in 1992 by two attorneys whose goal was/is to use DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. It has now morphed into a diverse group of independent organizations that span the majority of the United States with the same goal.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Are you serious...... its more now than ever before. obviously with modern technology, OBVIOUSLY, it is so much easier to fabricate evidence. obviously.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Yes because of the witch hunters Trump is commanding with his subliminal messages.

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