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The new Netflix documentary series, The Confession Tapes, highlights the problem of false convictions in our criminal justice system. The problem is more common than most people think. More than 1 out of 4 people who were wrongfully convicted, but later exonerated by DNA evidence, made a false confession or incriminating statement.
Even with DNA cases, combating false confessions is an uphill battle. So the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project often relies on expert testimony. Most of our clients have exhausted all legal remedies before they get to us, which makes proving their innocence even more daunting.
Michael Ledford is nearly 18 years into a 50-year sentence for a crime he did not commit.