How does it effect us ?
- Wrongful convictions undermine the two prongs of the criminal justice system's legitimacy. If someone is wrongfully convicted, that person is punished for an offence he or she did not commit and the actual perpetrator of the crime goes free.
Is there a more tragic story than an innocent person going to prison? Tragic, and powerful. And why we’ve all heard of this quote from an esoteric 18th-century English guy, William Blackstone: “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” . Here’s the first line of aWashington Post story about Glenn Ford, who was exonerated last month:
“My sons, when I left, was babies,” Louisiana’s longest-serving death row inmate told reporters after his release late Tuesday. “Now they’re grown men with babies.”
It hits you in the gut. You first think about this particular person, this man who lost his family, who spent decades in some awful cell believing he was going to be electrocuted. How many other Glenn Fords are still behind bars? How many will die there? Just how often does our venerated justice system fail?
Rarely, at least according to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In a 2006 opinion of 0.027 percent, based on back-of-the-envelope . this is not the end but the begining