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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Folsom Prison Blues

Kevin Green Posted by Hello

San Francisco magazine comes out this month with an exhaustive report on wrongful convictions in California. It's an impressive piece of journalism. The writer focuses on six inmates released in the past 18 months, showing their difficulty in winning release and problems returning to the outside world.

The report included a study of 30 wrongful convictions that found 63 percent included police misconduct and 50 percent included prosecutorial misconduct. Most interesting: 60 percent percent were based on bad eyewitness IDs.

The story also includes a poll of California residents, finding 75 percent think DNA testing will solve the problem of wrongful convictions. Maybe the story will change some of their minds by showing cases aren't always so clear cut.