How Many Innocent Americans Are Sitting in Jail?

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Local district attorneys get re-elected for putting people in jail.  Now some prosecutors are part of a movement to get some inmates out.  An Ohio man who spent 39 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit is just one of 125 released last year — a record number of wrongful convictions.  It's not just new evidence or witnesses changing their stories — it's also the pressure on innocent people to plead guilty. The Brooklyn DA now runs a "conviction review unit," part a new wave for exonerations.

Credits

Guests:
Maurice Possley - National Registry of Exonerations - @mauricepossley, Ken Thompson - District Attorney for Kings County, New York - @brooklynda, JaneAnne Murray - University of Minnesota Law School, Rodney Roberts - former inmate

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Sonya Geis, Sáša Woodruff