2015 Exoneration Report

The National Registry of Exonerations has released its 2015 report– required reading for those interested in criminal justice reform. The report details 149 total exonerations, including a remarkable 65 following guilty pleas, another indictment of the over criminalization in the justice system. As the report asks, “…[w]hat about innocent defendants who plead guilty to other misdemeanors and low-level felonies…in order to avoid pretrial detention and the risk of long terms of imprisonment after trial?”

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