1,600 U.S. Exonerations Highlight Unacceptable Error in Criminal Justice

You gotta read the comments. Some think these statistics and cases are mostly a hoax.

Wrongful Convictions Blog

The National Registry of Exonerations has announced a chilling milestone, the 1,600th known exoneration in the United States since 1989. The tally of persons known to have been convicted of crimes they did not commit has grown rapidly from the Registry’s launch three years ago. The 1600th exoneration, that of Michael McAlister, occurred last week.

Maurice Possley’s Registry report on Michael McAlister (here) provides the telling details — case unique and yet familiar — of a tragic miscarriage. Police and prosecutors would come to doubt McAlister’s guilt and subsequently joined a long effort to correct this stubborn error.

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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