innocence blog

A Web log for the Innocence Institute of Point Park University

Monday, August 22, 2005

Louisiana Chief Justice supports the innocent

Louisiana Court Chief Justice Pascal Calogero is convincing his counterparts in other states to become allies to the wrongfully convicted because of new evidence suggesting that more and more Americans are going to prison for crimes they did not commit, reports the Times-Picayune of Louisiana.

Because of Calogero's actions, the Conference of Chief Justices unanimously passed a resolution that supports the efforts of judicial and public agencies who lobby for criminal justice reform and finding better solutions to dealing with post-conviction claims of innocence.

The Aug. 3 resolution states, "Wrongful convictions erode confidence in the criminal justice system by punishing the innocent and letting the guilty go, and waste public resources retrying cases and paying restitution to those who spent time they shouldn't have behind bars."

According to a study by the Northwestern School of Law's Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 340 people were exonerated in the U.S. between 1989-2003, 17 of them took place in Louisiana.