No system gets it right every time.
And when our criminal justice system makes a mistake and puts the wrong person in prison, lives are ruined.
Some eventually manage to prove they were wrongfully convicted, and are then set free by the same system that once condemned them.
But then what?
For most of the more than 1,700 people released after wrongful conviction in the last 25 years, the nightmare of wrongful conviction did not end at the prison gate.
Traumatized, broke, and usually without job skills or housing, most exonerees never receive meaningful compensation. Only a handful successfully sue the government. Nearly all lack consistent, effective re-entry support. Most don't even get access to the limited assistance we give parolees - because they are not on parole. Nearly all exonerees struggle for years and decades to make up for lost time.