Innocent people are pleading guilty to crimes they did not commit. Nearly 10% of the nation’s 347 DNA exonerations were innocent people who entered guilty pleas, and these no doubt represent just a small fraction of the innocent people who have pleaded guilty. There’s no telling how many more innocents who entered guilty pleas remain behind bars.
America’s guilty plea problem is absolutely critical to the work that we do every day, and we are committed more than ever to fixing it.
Join us on January 23rd for our release of a new website about the guilty plea problem in America – telling the stories of exonerees who faced this issue and how it changed the lives of them and their loved ones.
By bringing attention to the plea problem, we hope to promote a solid and widespread understanding of the issue that will propel forward effective nationwide solutions.
And most importantly, help us tell these stories that need to be heard. Visit the campaign preview page, and share it with your friends and colleagues. Let’s work to end the guilty plea problem in America together.