The number of people in America who have been wrongly convicted of a crime is staggering; the number of people who will lose their lives – either through unbearably lengthy prison sentences or capital punishment – as a result of these wrongful convictions is appalling.
Wrongful Convictions in the U.S.
The exact number of people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime is hard to pinpoint. That being said, an article in The Washington Post, which sites the National Registry of Exonerations, states that (at the time the article was published in 2015) there have been 1,625 exonerated individuals. These individuals served an average of nine years in prison prior to their exonerations, although some people spent many more years behind bars. Keep in mind that this is just the number of exonerations; one study found that about 10,000 new people are wrongfully convicted of serious crimes every year.
How Our Law Firm Can Help You
Being placed behind bars, or losing your life, as a result of a wrongful conviction is a terrible thought. At the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, our civil rights department operates on a pro bono basis. Led by attorney Craig Phemister, our team reviews the evidence and helps those who have been wrongfully convicted fight for their freedom. The justice system is not without flaws, and when errors in carrying out justice occur, innocent people may suffer.
If you believe that you have been wrongfully convicted of a crime, our law firm may be able to help you. Please contact our civil rights department today for a review of your case.