When many people think of the legal system, they envision justice. But the justice system isn’t as straightforward as it ideally should be. Since 1973, at least 340 innocent people have been executed. A 2014 study estimates that 4% of inmates on death row might be wrongfully convicted.
Wrongful convictions ruin peoples’ lives. John Bunn lost almost three decades of his life when he was arrested for homicide at age 14. His story chronicles the tragic results of an irresponsible trial and inefficient justice system. Learn the story of John Bunn, how he struggled, and how he recovered.
Twenty-Seven Years Of His Life, Lost
John Bunn couldn’t hold back tears at his 2014 trial. Since he was 14, he had spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Afterward, he spent an additional ten years on parole. As a young teenager, he faced a violent prison experience and he could barely read or write.
It took over 20 years to finally convince the court to re-evaluate his sentence. All of his teenage and young adult years had already been taken.