OVER 1,850 EXONERATED SINCE 1989
from U.S. prisons for crimes they did not commit.read the profiles
Through the efforts of the Innocence Network and others, over 340 men and women have been released from prison after serving years in prison for crimes they did not commit.read the profiles
There are a number of reasons why a defendant’s defense may not be sufficient:
A review of exonerated cases has shown a trail of unacceptable defense lawyering practices at the trial and appeal levels. In some of the worst cases, defense attorneys have:
Public defense offices must be adequately funded and staffed so that attorneys are not required to take on more cases than suggested by ABA guidelines. In order to provide the best possible defense for the accused, state and local funds need to remain substantial. Securing adequate pay for public defenders can improve competency and quality of defense attorneys by insuring that the best attorneys are hired and will remain in those positions as they gain more experience. All defense attorneys must have the training, ability, and desire to provide sincere advocacy for their clients.
To read more about the crisis in our “right to counsel” services in the U.S. click here.