Innocent yet Forced into Incarceration

May 12, 2019

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, between 1989 when the first DNA exoneration took place and 2017, there have been 2,161 documented exonerations in the United States. There were 139 exonerations in 2017 alone and of those, at least 96 people were exonerated as a group. How are people exonerated as a group? Well at least 96 individuals in Chicago and Baltimore were exonerated in “group exonerations” after it was revealed that law enforcement was systematically framing individuals for drug crimes they did not commit. Host Willard Beale, director of ATI (Alternatives to Incarceration) at The Fortune Society chats with guests Huwe Burton -- an artist, activist, a facilitator at The Fortune Society, and a person exonerated in January of this year for a crime he never committed -- and Susan Friedman, staff attorney at the Innocence Project.

Episode Number
393
Neighborhood
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