This is a damn shame that this stuff still goes on.

I’ve seen interviews with prosecutors that still proclaim these victims guilty even AFTER the evidence is presented.  The prosecutorial system is bad, very bad.  This isn’t as bad as the many jurisdictions around the country that REFUSE to allow DNA testing to be admitted in court.

Williams is one of 159 people who have been jailed and then freed in the United States through post-conviction DNA testing since it became available in 1989, according to the Innocence Project, a national group that works on preventing and reversing wrongful convictions.

Justice may have been served, but in most cases these people have lost virtually everything they ever owned.

Almost half suffer from depression, anxiety disorder or some form of post- traumatic stress disorder, according to a study by Lola Vollen, director of the DNA Identification Technology and Human Rights Center in Berkeley. None has access to public services such as health insurance, job training and anger management that are routinely available to ex-convicts on parole to help their transition back into society. Some states, including California, award financial compensation to the wrongfully convicted. Compensation packages vary from state to state, and in California reach $100 per day of incarceration. But Louisiana, where 18 people have been exonerated since 1989, has no compensation for people such as Williams.

Check for $10

Upon his release, the state of Louisiana cut Williams a check for $10. He keeps it in a frame on his coffee table.

Posted by SPN on 05/10 at 12:19 PM in Blogging

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