Police or Prosecutor Misconduct Is at Root of Half of Exoneration Cases, Study Finds Reply

By Aimee Ortiz

New York Times

Official misconduct played a role in the criminal convictions of more than half of innocent people who were later exonerated, according to a new report by a registry that tracks wrongful convictions.

According to the report, by the National Registry of Exonerations, official misconduct contributed to false convictions in 54 percent of exonerations, usually with more than one type of misconduct. Overall, men and Black exonerees “were modestly more likely to experience misconduct,” although there were larger differences by race when it came to drug crimes and murder.

The report comes at a time of reckoning for the American criminal justice system as nationwide civil unrest against racism and police brutality continue.

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