Possible release of Illinois convict points to new willingness to revisit old cases
The Christian Science Monitor - 03/30/2016
Since 2011, the annual number of exonerations has more than doubled – the country now averages close to three exonerations a week – and this surge has been mirrored by an increase in prosecutor involvement.
“Most prosecutors want to do the right thing. Prosecutors don’t want to keep innocent people in prison,” says Daniel Medwed, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law. “It’s not in the interest of prosecutors and society to have an innocent person in prison, because it also means a guilty person is free.”