Limiting DNA testing and denying justice to victims
from Lisa Rea, writing at Change.org:
But for God’s sake, if we know we have hundreds or thousands of innocents behind bars must we not do everything in our power to set them free if we live in a civilized society? Absolutely. This court ruling will now make this work harder and slower.
As I said earlier, crime victims are hurt - not helped - by this ruling. The challenge on top of this urgent need to free those who are wrongfully convicted is to remember then that someone who is actually guilty of that crime is free at large. Ask a crime victim how they would view that fact. Having worked in the restorative justice field for 15 years I can tell you that crime victims want the system to get it right. There can be no restoration of crime victims, nor can there be offender accountability - two key elements of restorative justice, if the real perpetrator is not caught.
When I became more aware of wrongful convictions I was urged to read a book called "Surviving Justice, America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated"
- edited by Lola Vollen and Dave Eggers. If you think that wrongful
convictions only happen to those who are of the criminal ilk you would
be wrong. After reading this well researched book you realize that “by
the grace of God go I.” No one is immune from the common occurrence of
a witness misidentifying an innocent man or woman after a crime has
been committed. That is the number one reason why innocents are behind
bars for crimes they did not commit: faulty witness identification.
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