New Study: Innocent Blacks Seven Times More Likely to be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder Than Innocent Whites

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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMedia According to the latest report from The Innocence Project, innocent Black people are seven times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder than innocent White people. The nonprofit legal organization committed to exonerating wrongly convicted individuals also noted that Black people are more likely to be wrongly convicted of murder when the victim is White. Among Black people exonerated of murder convictions, approximately 31 percent were wrongly convicted of killing White people. However, only 15 percent of homicides by Black people involve White victims, the National Registry of Exonerations reported. Released in February, the latest report revealed that it also takes longer for attorneys to achieve exoneration for an innocent Black person. African Americans spend an average of nearly 14 years wrongly imprisoned before exoneration – or 45 percent longer than White people. Further, “Black people tend to receive harsher sentences when accused of sexual assault and have a harder time being exonerated from a wrongful conviction,” researchers at The Innocent Project wrote. “On average, they spend 4.5 more years in prison than their White counterparts be-fore being exonerated,” the researchers found. As talk and tepid action by lawmakers toward...

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