BENEFITING: Innocence Project
ORGANIZER: Innocence Project
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
I ran my first and only marathon to date 33 years ago. It’s been a long time but as a longtime supporter of the Innocence Project I jumped at this chance to be part of the Innocence Project’s 2013 NYC Marathon team!
I learned firsthand what it is like to be wrongly accused. Back in 2009, I was arrested for a crime I did not commit. I was misidentified by an eyewitness, handcuffed, brought to jail, and put behind bars. I never experienced the presumption of innocence that we all believe exists in this country.
Days later I was finally freed, the experience left me shaken and also made me realize how fortunate I was to have the means to prove my innocence. That's why I am inspired to raise money and awareness for this worthy cause. No one should go to prison for something they did not do.
- The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 36 states; since 2000, there have been 241 exonerations.
- 18 of the 310 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 13.6 years. The total number of years served is approximately 4,136.
- The average age of exonerees at the time of their wrongful convictions was 27.
- In more than 25% of cases in a National Institute of Justice study, suspects were excluded once DNA testing was conducted during the criminal investigation.
- 65% of the people exonerated through DNA testing have been financially compensated. 27 states, the federal government, and the District of Columbia have passed laws to compensate people who were wrongfully incarcerated.
- An Innocence Project review of closed cases from 2004-2010 revealed that 22% of cases were closed because of lost or destroyed evidence.
- The true suspects and/or perpetrators have been identified in 152 DNA exoneration cases.
To learn more visit www.innocenceproject.org