October 2nd was #WrongfulConvictionDay
Sister Helen Prejean, whose book Dead Man Walking was made into a major motion picture, has been bringing awareness to the injustices of wrongful convictions for years.
Today is #WrongfulConvictionDay. Did you know that 2,674 innocent people have been exonerated after spending a combined total of 23,950 years incarcerated for crimes they did not commit? 172 of those people were on death row awaiting execution even though they were innocent.— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) October 2, 2020
Amanda Knox, who spent nearly four years in an Italian prison before being exonerated, also pointed out the problem of racial bias in the United States prisons.
In honor of #WrongfulConvictionDay we would like to share the documentary The Last Chance, the sequel to Innocent on Death Row. It was filmed right before Clinton's scheduled execution and has a lot of new footage!https://t.co/MrXuusMRSK— Clinton Young Foundation (@Clintonleeyoung) October 2, 2020
We live in an imperfect world. It’s good to know there are some fighting for justice, and working to correct the imperfections in the system that take lives.
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