Category Archives: Innocence

Freed from death row, Anthony Graves uses compensation to help other inmates

NM_ANTHONYGRAVES_600x411. . . From the moment Graves was exonerated in 2010, he set out to reform the criminal justice system that stole 18 years of his life. He was determined to help others who have suffered under a regime he believes is fundamentally flawed.

In the last two years, Graves has invested more than $150,000 – part of the money the state paid him to compensate for the years he spent wrongly imprisoned – to launch the Anthony Graves Foundation. The still budding nonprofit is dedicated to freeing other innocent inmates and providing health care to recently released prisoners with medical problems and no means to pay for treatment.                            Read the article at the Dallas Morning News

Life After Death Row

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

The execution of a US prisoner who didn’t kill anyone has raised questions about the death penalty

. . . 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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Sister Helen: Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man

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

Loss of innocence: the experience of exonerated death row inmates

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