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50% of Exonerated Prisoners are Black

In a new study compiled by The University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern University School of Law, it is revealed that more than 2,000 prisoners were wrongfully convicted of serious crimes since 1989. While some would say that Reagan-Bush had something to do with implementing that system, the newly uncovered registry reveals that more than half of those newly exonerated prisoners were African American.

The two universities worked in tandem to compile the data and found that five out of 10 falsely accused defendants were Black and nine out of 10 were male. Prior to this revelation, there were no official records on prisoner exonerations, making this the most-complete listing ever compiled. Two-thirds of the releases came by way of DNA testing, and nearly one-third of the 416 false homicide convictions were exposed due to genetic testing.

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