There has been a massive increase in the number of exonerations in America as of late, to the point where we have reached a record high. More importantly, there's been a significant increase in non-DNA related exonerations while those involving DNA have flat lined. The year 2014 was the first exorbitant showcase of non-DNA exonerations, having the most of any previous year at 103 cases.
Since the first Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) was established in Dallas in 2007, the country has seen a rise in the establishment of these bodies. CIUs are intended to be an independent reviewer of previous cases that may be wrongful convictions.
Most people know that sleep deprivation can cause lapses in judgement and cognitive impairment. But false imprisonment? A recent study focused on how sleep deprivation can contribute to innocent people admitting to crimes they haven't committed.
The subject of wrongful convictions seems to be on most people's radars. With the runaway popularity of documentaries such as Netflix's "Making a Murderer," there has been a surge of interest in exonerations and the justice system. While no judicial system is perfect, there is certainly something to be said for the rate of overturned convictions.
Robert Logan was recently awarded $3.75 million dollars from the city of New York stemming from a wrongful conviction lawsuit. Logan had been wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years for the 1997 shooting death of Sherwin Gibbons. Logan says he was threatened by police and coerced into signing a false statement. Logan's attorney, Harold Baker, said that his client was "absolutely ecstatic" at the news of the settlement.
Michael Ray Hanline holds a record no one wants to break. The 69-year old man has served the longest sentence of any wrongly convicted citizen in California.