In the United States, many innocent people are forced to plead guilty, convicted and sent to suffer in prison, sometimes for a lifetime. Some have been executed or sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit.
Ricky Jackson served 39 years in prison on death row after being wrongly convicted of murder based on the false testimony of a 12-year old, Eddie Vernon who later claimed he was coerced by the police to testify against Jackson and the Bridgeman brothers. Jackson is the longest-serving innocent convict.
DNA evidence has helped to exonerate many innocent defendants and set free those already convicted. However, in some certain situations, the mistake cannot be reversed once the victim has been executed.
Many of the post-conviction exonerations have been through the work of Innocence Project.
The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit group dedicated to the use of DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Its work and that of related efforts of other organizations have resulted in rescuing several incarcerated prisoners, including those on death row.
But what happens in situations in which DNA evidence is missing, destroyed, or even in cases in which no DNA technology is required such as in fraud case? The result is that victims languish in prison, and for those serving life sentences until death sets them free.