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Extremely shocking news comes by way of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. They’ve just published “Rate of False Conviction of Criminal Defendants Who Are Sentenced to Death.” What’s crazy is the amount of people sentenced to death that happen to be innocent. Check the stats after the jump.

Jamaal Fisher

According to the study, more than 4% of people sentenced to death are innocent. That’s clearly 4% too many. What’s even more disappointing is the fact that these innocent people are very rarely released. “The great majority of innocent people who are sentenced to death are never identified and freed,” said Samuel Gross, lead author of the study and a University of Michigan Law School professor, in a statement. “The purpose of our study is to account for the innocent defendants who are not exonerated.”

Hopefully it works.

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