Three wrongfully convicted exonerees share their stories about adjusting to life on the outside after decades in prison. All of them say the scars of confinement will never leave them. Some of them have been compensated by the state for the injustice that came to them. One of them, Ken Ireland, now serves on Connecticut’s parole board, the irony of which is not lost on him. CBS News: 60 Minutes
After fighting to prove his innocence for nearly 30 years, Donnis Musgrove died last week from lung cancer in the infirmary on death row at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama. Continue reading: Equal Justice Initiative
. . . According to Save Innocents, a group dedicated to highlighting possible death row miscarriages of justice, about 40 people have been put to death since the mid-1970s despite serious doubts about their guilt.
Meanwhile, a 2014 study by academics in Michigan and Pennsylvania found up to 4.1 per cent of prisoners sentenced to death since 1973 may well be innocent. If accurate, and some say it is closer to 2 per cent of cases, it could mean more that 300 people have either languished or perished on death row.
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Richard Glossip is fighting for his life. I firmly believe, as do so many others, that Richard is innocent of the crime that sent him to Oklahoma’s death row. Richard was convicted of a murder for hire. The man who confessed to the murder, Justin Sneed, got a life sentence in a medium security prison while the self-serving testimony that saved Justin’s life sent Richard to death row.
Read more on Sister Helen Prejean’s website, and please contact Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and ask her to stay Richard Glossip’s execution
Montez Spradley was quietly released from the Staton Correctional prison in Alabama late Friday after serving nine-and-one-half years in custody, and over three years on death row, for a murder he did not commit. Continue reading: The Marshall Project
If a majority of the Supreme Court justices eventually strike down the death penalty as unconstitutional, Henry Lee McCollum may be an important reason why. Perhaps that will provide some small comfort to him, given the 30-year ordeal he suffered on death row in North Carolina as an innocent man. Continue reading: The Conversation
Juan Melendez spent 17 years, eight months, and one day on Florida’s death row for a crime he did not commit, before being exonerated in 2002 when the transcript of a confession by the real murderer came to light – evidence that had been withheld by the prosecutor. Juan received no assistance and no compensation from the state of Florida in the wake of his exoneration.
Sabrina Butler was a Mississippi teenager convicted of murder and child abuse in the death of her nine-month-old son, Walter Dean. She was later exonerated of all wrongdoing . . . Continue reading: The Conversation
Glenn Ford, who spent nearly 30 years on death row in Louisiana for a murder he almost certainly did not commit, died on Monday in New Orleans, less than 16 months after his conviction and death sentence were vacated and he was released. He was 65. Continue reading: The New York Times
Please read Leonard Pitts’ letter to the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, regarding Henry Lee McCollum, whose case Justice Scalia used to justify his support of the death penalty and who was later found innocent by DNA evidence and has now been pardoned by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.