“My advice to other innocent people in prison is don’t stop. Don’t give up. Continue to fight. Don’t lay down. The moment you lay down—that’s when it’s over.”
- Huwe Burton
The rate of wrongful convictions in the United States is estimated to be between 2 percent and 10 percent. If the estimated prison population is roughly 2.3 million, are there really 46,000 to 230,000 innocent people locked away?
Millions of defendants are processed through US courts each year. It's nearly impossible to determine how many of them are actually innocent once they are convicted. However, identifying and understanding the causes of these wrongful convictions is critical to maintaining the integrity of our legal system. Fortunately, more is being done today than ever before. The number of exonerations has steadily increased the past 30 years as, on average, there are now over three exonerations per week—more than double the rate from 10 years ago. Yet, it is not enough. We need to be doing more to help those who have been wrongfully convicted. Together, we can bring change!
The Innocence Project exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Center On Wrongful Convictions is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice. They are determined to bring about real criminal justice reform so that wrongful convictions can be prevented in the future.