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1944 South Carolina Teenage Murder Convict Exonerated

South Carolina Teenager Exonerated of Murder Charges After 70 Years South Carolina exonerated a black teenager who was convicted of murdering two white girls in 1944 on Tuesday, December 16th. George Stinney Jr was charged with murder at the young age of 14, convicted and sentenced to death. He stood convicted for 7o years of murdering two young … [Read more...]

Innocence Project Helps Free Wrongfully Convicted Texas Man with DNA Evidence

In 1989, David Lee Wiggins was sentenced to life in prison for raping a 14 year old girl. However, after writing the Innocence Project, DNA evidence has exonerated him. The Innocence Project seeks to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners on the basis of more solid evidence, like DNA. Eyewitness misidentification, improper forensic science, and … [Read more...]

Colorado May Become 28th State to Assist Exonerated Prisoners

Democratic representative Angela Williams has proposed a bill to assist exonerated prisoners in Colorado. Currently, Colorado has no support system for exonerated prisoners, although it does offer help for prisoners on parole. Rep. Williams said she was inspired by the recent case of Robert Dewey, who was exonerated in April. He was wrongfully … [Read more...]

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...]

Life After Conviction: Living With a Criminal Record

I don't want my criminal record to follow me, can I get an expungement? If you do the crime, you do the time, as the saying goes. But when you walk out of the prison, what happens next? It’s relatively easy to agree that if you are charged and convicted for a serious crime such as kidnapping or manslaughter that you may continue to face a stigma … [Read more...]

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