Everyone hears the stories of people imprisoned or on death row freed by DNA test results. What happens when the DNA is right but the allegedly innocent convict is wrong?
“We’re obviously not going to put out a press release when we ask for DNA tests for somebody and it comes back nailing them,” said Rob Warden, executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Chicago’s Northwestern University School of Law. “It’s not news when the criminal justice system operates the way it’s supposed to.”
It is important to note that theses statistics are only from tested inmates, but interesting none the less. The article doesn’t indicate if they were random tests or if other factors determined why these specific individuals were tested nor the specific crimes they committed.
In the last five years, The Innocence Project out of New York exonerated 43 percent of the inmates whose DNA it tested. But almost as many inmates — 42 percent — had their convictions confirmed. The tests couldn’t exclude them.