Forensic look at death penalty statistics: 25% of exonerated were on Death Row

A 2013 infographic study by the California Innocence Project puts the cost in California at a staggering $4 billion since 1978. Statistics contained in this report, when overlayed with the national increase of exonerations ( now at 1793) , in the US runs counterpoint to the presence of the death penalty (subject to decades of appeals) as a constitutional (8th amendment) “deterrent” to violent crime.

The forensic science connection comes from the sad fact that of the 1793 exons, an unacceptable number of  forensic examiners have fumbled the ball regarding false  or misleading testimony. See the cases. 

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About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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One Response to Forensic look at death penalty statistics: 25% of exonerated were on Death Row

  1. curi56 says:

    Reblogged this on notodp.

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