The list of persons wrongfully convicted in the U.S. continues to grow. Our criminal justice system is among the best in the world but it is not perfect. Any system run by humans has its share of errors and the justice system is no exception. The ability of the internet to share information has allowed defendants to bring their stories to the world. A judicial process that mostly takes places before a nearly empty courtroom is now detailed online — complete with supporting documents and testimony. Podcasts, websites and audio recordings from defendants arguing their cases from behind bars all tell the story of those with innocence claims. Criminal justice researchers consider the internet a game changer for many defendants.
I recently wrote a piece for WGLT on how the internet has impacted post-conviction cases. Here’s a link to the story. As always, feedback is welcome.