---- Original Message -----Most in FLorida. kayleeFrom:KayLeeTo: MTWTCc:Prison Florida Gainesville Critical ResistanceSent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 7:08 AMSubject: [IronCage] USA. 116 DEATH ROW INMATES CLEARED OVER 28 YEARS MOST IN FLORIDA
USA. 116 DEATH ROW INMATES CLEARED OVER 28 YEARS
Year 3 - n. 44 - September, 18th 2004
September 15, 2004: 116 US death row inmates have been exonerated since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, and many of the prisoners were freed thanks to the emergence DNA technology, according to a report titled "Innocence and the Crisis in the American Death Penalty"
released by the Death Penalty Information Center.
"One hundred and sixteen people have been freed from death row after being cleared of their charges, including 16 people in the past 20 months," the report said.
"These inmates cumulatively spent over 1,000 years awaiting their freedom," the report said. "The pace of exonerations has sharply increased, raising doubts about the reliability of the whole system."
The states with the most exonerations were Florida, with 21, and Illinois, with 18. The pace of exonerations has quickened thanks to the development of DNA science, which has become "the new gold standard of forensic investigation," wrote the center, which calls for a ban of the death penalty.
"This science, along with a vigorous re-investigation of many cases, has led to the discovery of a growing number of tragic mistakes and freed inmates," it said.
"The official government response to the crisis of errors has been tepid at best," the report said. "Official inertia remains the biggest obstacle to change."
More than 900 people have been executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated 28 years ago.
In January, the Supreme Court agreed to examine the legality of executing convicted murderers who were minors at the time of the crimes. The high court will hear the case later this year.
For further information : www.deathpenaltyinfo.org
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