Information that was recently published on the National Criminal Justice Reference Service's website provides an in-depth look at the prevalence of wrongful convictions and the myriad of factors that contribute to the problem, such as false confessions and police errors. In Sherburne, Minnesota, and throughout the nation, criminal law cases that result in wrongful convictions ruin lives, waste taxpayer money and leave the actual perpetrators at large. As a result, it is imperative for those who have been falsely accused of a crime to closely review their legal options and take the best approach.
According to the piece on the NCJRS' site, a 2008 study found that an estimated three to five percent of people who were sentenced to death between 1982 and 1989 for murders which involved rape were innocent. Another 2008 study determined that two and a half percent of those sentenced to die between 1973 and 1989 were exonerated. Currently, there are over one and a half million prisoners in the United States. Even if only one percent of them are innocent, that would equate to more than 15,000 people spending time in prison for crimes they didn't commit.