Death row is by far one of the most controversial aspects of the United States judicial system, and rightfully so. But what may be most controversial of all is how many people have potentially been wrongly executed. Since 1977, 144 people on death row have been exonerated, meaning that they were discovered to be innocent and released from death row. That means an untold number of innocent people have likely been executed. Let’s take a deeper look into the process of death row, and some unbelievable facts about the inmates and their lives on death row.You’ll never believe who ordered one black olive for their last meal!
1 In 25 people Sentenced To The Death Penalty In The U.S Are Innocent
In 2014, a study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said that 4.1 percent of inmates on death row that are sentenced to death are likely innocent. This has also been described as a conservative estimate, and that the numbers may even be higher. Richard Dieter, Death Penalty Information Center executive director notes, “The problem of innocence’ is much worse than we thought”.”
It is discussed that wrongly convicted defendants are not vindicated is because many wins appeal to have their death sentences reduced to life in prison. After that, people aren’t as eager to help and prove their innocence.