This week, Freddie Peacock became the 250th person in the country exonerated through DNA testing after serving years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The cases of the 250 DNA exonerees are merely the tip of the iceberg, since DNA testing is possible in just a tiny fraction of cases. These exonerations show us how the criminal justice system is flawed, and how it can be fixed.
Wrongful convictions have been overturned through DNA testing in 33 states, but countless innocent people remain behind bars in the United States today. Three-quarters of the wrongful convictions overturned by DNA involved eyewitness misidentification; half relied on faulty forensic science; and a quarter involved false confessions or admissions. All of these errors can and must be prevented.
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