The cost of injustice. Flawed convictions cost California taxpayers more than $282 million from 1989 to 2012, and cost nearly 700 people hundreds of years in prison for crimes they either did not commit or that could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Failed homicide prosecutions, by far, accounted for most of the money. Read The Huffington Post’s detailed piece on this issue.
And for a related piece, read the report from the Berkeley School of Law that uses a new methodology to track wrongful convictions.