We review the cases of innocent, incarcerated people convicted in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. We look for cases where we can use new evidence, sometimes from DNA, to prove the incarcerated person is innocent.
Bail laws lead to higher recidivism rates and increase the risk of #wrongfulconvictions. Places that have relaxed bail practices have experienced a decline in misdemeanor arrests, saved taxpayer dollars, and reduced racial disparities in jail populations.
Parents should be notified when their children are taken into custody, but they cannot replace lawyers. Children are particularly vulnerable to pressure from police, and the presence of a lawyer during juvenile interrogations can prevent false confessions.
Since the 1970s, at least 29 men in the US have been sentenced to death in cases where prosecutors were accused of presenting opposing theories. Prosecutors would claim that one person was the perpetrator, then, in a separate trial, identify someone else.
MAIP client and board member Chris Turner will be honored with GWUL's Community Impact Award! Chris is a tireless advocate for wrongfully convicted people, and we are so proud to have him on our board. Congratulations, Chris!