From the Central Park Five to little Briony’s destructive decision in Atonement, here are some of the most affecting real and fictional tales of injustice
One of the foundations of the US criminal justice system is the maxim that it is better for 10 guilty men to go free than for one innocent to suffer. As with many of the ideals upon which the country was founded, Americans have generally fallen short in living up to it.
According to a recent study by the editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, 4% of people sentenced to death in the US – that’s one in 25 – are later shown to be innocent. For a nation with approximately 2 million people currently incarcerated, that is a startling statistic. Could there really be 90,000 people serving time for crimes they didn’t commit?