The Uncomfortable Truth About Wrongful Convictions

A New York Times journalist’s account of how she helped free a wrongfully convicted individual shines a spotlight on why so many innocent people still languish in a system that is incapable of discovering and rectifying errors, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist.


Why Did It Take 47 Years to Prove Anthony Mazza was Innocent?

The 73-year-old Mazza was America’s longest-serving exoneree when he was freed from prison last June, after serving nearly five decades for a murder he didn’t commit. His story underlines how difficult it is for the majority of innocent defendants to find justice, write the co-founder of the National Registry of Exonerations and a researcher. 

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Exonerated Defendants Lost 25,000 Years to Wrongful Imprisonment

State and municipal governments paid over $2.9 billion in compensation to exonerees, according to the latest report from The National Registry of Exonerations. The amount “is nothing close to adequate compensation for the suffering these exonerees endured,” the NRE said, noting that 55 percent weren’t paid anything.  

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Justice Derailed: America’s Legacy of Sentencing the Innocent

The Central Park Five, freed after their conviction for a crime they didn’t commit, represent just one example of the ugly side of American justice. It’s a reminder of how important it is to prevent innocent people from being trapped by the justice system, writes a documentary filmmaker who investigates wrongful convictions.


The New Pioneers of Conviction Integrity

Conviction Integrity Unit prosecutors would probably say they are just “trying to do justice.”  In fact, they are pioneers in mobilizing a modernized understanding of how things go wrong in criminal justice, writes TCR’s Legal Affairs columnist.