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Scottsboro Boys Might Be Pardoned After Over 80 Years with Criminal Records

Sheila Washington, founder of the museum dedicated to the Scottsboro Boys, has called for pardons from the state of Alabama for the unpardoned 8 of the 9 men in the group. In 1931, the height of the Depression, the 9 black boys, all between the ages of 13 and 19, were travelling by freight train to find work. When the train stopped in Paint … [Read more...]

Madonna Calls for Putin to Free Pussy Riot

Three members of the Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot were convicted last week for hooliganism inspired by religious hatred. The band members were sentenced to two years in a penal colony, which has inspired protests and calls for their release from all over the world. Pussy Riot was convicted in February for a protest against Putin’s … [Read more...]

With database’s help, prisoners exonerated, but little other aid is available

A program from the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of law has created a database to register exonerations across the country – it is aptly named the National Registry of Exonerations. According to a recent article on CNN, 2,000 people have been exonerated in the past 23 … [Read more...]

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