Dna Testing And The Criminal Justice

1230 Words Aug 20th, 2014 5 Pages
Before any release, there must be proper evidence showing that the accused had nothing to do with the crime. The introduction of the first person using DNA to prove his innocent was David Vasquez. In 1985, he was convicted, later in 1990; he was released due to DNA evidence (O’Leary, 2012). Since the Vasquez case, DNA testing has been a very powerful technique to use to prove a person’s innocence. A great reason for this is because victims are capable of lying and misidentifying. In addition, the government, police, etc, may be corrupted and the criminal justice may just all turn out to be fraud and no way to gain freedom back. There has been DNA exoneration nationwide. According to the Innocence Project, there have been 317 post-conviction DNA exonerations in United States history. These stories are becoming more familiar as more innocent people gain their freedom through post conviction testing. They are not proof; however, that our system is righting itself. The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 38 states; since 2000, there have been 250 exonerations.18 of the 317 people exonerated through DNA served time on death row. Another 16 were charged with capital crimes but not sentenced to death. The average length of time served by exonerees is 13.5 years. The total number of years served is approximately 4,249.The average age of exonerees at the time of their wrongful convictions was 27. Of the 317 exonerees, there were 199 African…
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