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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...]

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...]

Veto Stands for S.C. Criminal Record Expungement Bill

An expungement bill that would allow South Carolina criminals to hide their criminal records from potential employers, schools and law enforcement investigators didn’t have enough votes Thursday to overturn Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto. The bill has become the subject of intense debate among lawmakers and the public. Law enforcement officials are … [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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