There have been 316 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States since 1989, the overwhelming majority of them African-America, and 18 of who served time on death row. As the pace of DNA exonerations has grown across the country in recent years, wrongful convictions have revealed how the criminal justice system is broken. But the horror for the wrongfully convicted doesn’t end at the prison gate. The exonerated are in the majority released either without any compensation or with inadequate compensation for the time stolen from them them. Innocent ex-prisoners are released from the penal system without any provision of social services or support in which to rebuild their life after suffering years of trauma and anxiety, and rarely is there even an apology for the crime committed against them.
Beyond the Prison Walls
Is there Freedom After Wrongful Conviction?