The US legal system is one of the best in the world, but it isn’t without its flaws. The exact number of wrongful convictions will never actually be known, which is why it’s considered one of the most detrimental flaws of the US legal system as a whole.
This infographic from Forensic Science details a few major key points of wrongful convictions in the US.
Let’s break it down in point form to highlight some of the points the graphic shows:
- 271 convicts have been exonerated by DNA evidence in US history.
- 13 years is the average sentence served by DNA exonerates.
- In nearly 40% of DNA exoneration cases, the real culprit was later identified by DNA.
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Created by: forensicscience.org