|On September 28, 2012, Damon Thibodeaux became the 300th person (and the 18th who served time on death row) to be exonerated by DNA evidence. Just 22 when he was arrested for murdering his cousin, Thibodeaux spent 15 years in solitary confinement in Angola before he was finally freed. Combined, the 300 DNA exonerees served more than 4000 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.
In some respects, they are the lucky ones. DNA evidence isn’t available in most cases, meaning that there are many more innocent people in prison with little hope of ever being freed. The DNA exonerations, however, have helped expose the flaws in the system. While it may never be perfect, there are simple reforms that could help prevent wrongful convictions in the first place. The Innocence Project is committed to working state by state to prevent these terrible miscarriages of justice, but we need your help make lawmakers address this pressing failure. Stand up for the innocent by pledging your support to help prevent wrongful convictions.
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