According to the Innocence Project website, there have been 272 post conviction DNA exonerations in the United States (“Innocence”). Since the late 1980’s, DNA testing has exonerated more than 250 wrongly convicted people, who spent an average of 13 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit (Rosen, New York Times, 2011). There are a total of 205 exonerations that have been won in 34 states since 2000, and 35 percent of those confessions were done by a person that was eighteen years old or younger (“Innocence”). An example of a confession gone wrong from a person under eighteen years old is the case known as the “West Memphis Three”. The case involve...
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Rosen, Jeffrey. “The Wrongful Conviction as Way of Life”. 26 May 2011. The New York Times. 12 July 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/books/review/book-review-convicting-the-innocent-where-criminal-prosecutions-go-wrong-by-brandon-l-garrett.html.
Parker, Suzi. “West Memphis Three: Three men convicted, DNA evidence reopens case”. 26 November 2010. The Christian Science Monitor. 12 July 2011. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/1116/West-Memphis-Three-Three-men-convicted-DNA-evidence-reopens-case.
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