Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Found Guilty, Proven Innocent

Since 1989, there are 1,886 exoneration's of wrongfully accused people in the United States with 175 of them being in Illinois.

The Illinois Innocence Project based out of the University of Illinois Springfield, is responsible for 9 of those in Illinois.

Staff Attorney for Illinois Innocence, Lauren Myerscough-Mueller said, "we try to make the system do what its supposed to we look for the truth. And we are not trying to free guilty people to get out on the street but we want people who are innocent to be living their lives and we want the right people in prison."

Observing International Wrongful Conviction Day, the UIS campus set out 1,886 flags on campus to represent the innocence lives regained who were once victims of wrongfully judged cases.

This story appeared on WAND on October 4, 2016.

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