Is U.S. Legal System ‘Stacked Against Poor’?

Why do courts prosecute people for crimes that never happened? The answer, former New York City public defender Jessica Henry says in a conversation with TCR about her new book on U.S. legal practices, lies in the system’s reluctance to correct errors.


How to Prevent the Next Wrongful Conviction

Brooklyn, N.Y., DA Eric Gonzales has taken an important step with the publication of a report on 25 wrongful convictions uncovered by his Conviction Review Unit, the largest in the nation. But the deeper challenge remains preventing future miscarriages of justice, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist.

The Challenge of Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted Lifer

Joseph Sledge was sentenced to life without parole in North Carolina for a murder he didn’t commit. It took 36 years for him to be freed, largely because exoneration cases focus on those given the death penalty — a dilemma faced by inmates in many states where capital punishment has been abolished. 

‘Florida is Hell Bent on Killing Me’

Krishna Maharaj has spent the last three decades in a Florida prison, where he faces the death penalty for murders he says he didn’t commit.  Now 81 years old and ailing, he charges that the state has not responded to his appeals for a new hearing on evidence that proves his innocence, putting him at risk for infection from COVID-19.