DNA analysis finds huge rate of wrong convictions in Virginia.

The Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research has analyzed the DNA from a sample of men convicted of sexual assault from 1973–1987 and found that somewhere between 8–15% of them were wrongly convicted (depending on how you count). This should result in some serious soul-searching about how the Virginia justice system works. 

Published by Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »

One reply on “DNA analysis finds huge rate of wrong convictions in Virginia.”

  1. The first argument against the death penalty is that civilized societies don’t kill their own citizens, but this is second. We may have the world’s best justice system, but the rate of wrongful convictions is still far too high, especially among the poor.

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