Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Black Americans Are 362% More Likely To Be Wrongfully Convicted Than Whites

Davontae Sanford stands with his mother, Taminko Sanford, following his release after nine years in prison for murders he did not commit. He was one of 52 people exonerated for murder in 2016, according to a new report.

Black People Are Wrongly Convicted Of Murder More Often, Data Show

Excerpt: A companion report on race and wrongful conviction, also released Tuesday, states:
"African Americans are only 13% of the American population but a majority of innocent defendants wrongfully convicted of crimes and later exonerated. They constitute 47% of the 1,900 [total] exonerations listed in the National Registry of Exonerations (as of October 2016)."

One of those exonerated, Devontae Sanford, was 14 years old when four people were killed in a house in his Detroit neighborhood. The black teenager confessed to the killings and, despite testing negative for gunshot residue and not matching descriptions of the perpetrators provided by witnesses, he was convicted and sentenced to 37 to 90 years in prison.
As NPR's Joe Shapiro reported last year, "after almost nine years in prison, his conviction was overturned when a state investigation found that the real killer had later confessed to Wayne County police and prosecutors."

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