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Since 1973, 144 people on death row have been exonerated. As a percentage of all death sentences, that's just 1.6 percent. But if the innocence rate is 4.1 percent, more than twice the rate of exoneration, the study suggests what most people assumed but dreaded: An untold number of innocent people have been executed. Further, the majority of those wrongfully sentenced to death are likely to languish in prison and never be freed.
The authors believe that 4.1 percent is the lower bound of the wrongful conviction rate for death sentences, because even the special attention given to people on death row will not catch every wrongful conviction. Many of these people have had their sentences reduced, meaning they are "not executed but also not found," as Dieter put it.
originally posted by: eisegesis
a reply to: pheonix358
As long as there are enough dead bodies to sweep all the corruption under, nobody bats an eye. America is no peach, but when the right people are in position, the system has the potential to work. It always goes back to not correctly following a system that is already in place.
but when the right people are in position, the system has the potential to work. It always goes back to not correctly following a system that is already in place.
The historically proven possibility of executing innocent prisoners renders execution itself an anachronistic failure.