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More and more, we're seeing stories about those that have been wrongly imprisoned and put on death row for crimes they didn't commit. They are being retried, proven innocent, and released. Many of these people have spent more than half of their lives in jail, or even in solitary confinement.
What does that mean for them when they make it out?
Andrew Ray Hilton, a 58 year old man, was found guilty for two murders he did not commit in 1985, and he was released last Friday after the ballistics were re-analyzed and the evidence that had damned him didn't stand up to further scrutiny.
But now what?
Does he sue for the injustice? Even if he does, then what? Can he work? How does he explain his situation without people being wary of him? How does he reconnect with family he has only known through letters and short visits for all these years? How does he catch up to the modern world after 30 years behind bars?
I don't have answers to these questions. The difficulty of them just reminds me how much harder we need to fight for a fair justice system that will prevent more cases like this from happening as time goes on!
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@drwhat @marshalledgar I'd love to see updated statistics about the number of occurrences of these events in prisons. and By "love to see" i mean I don't really want to know, but I think it's an important think to raise awareness of.
@marshalledgar @amog32 I just want everything to be fair for people. If you screwed up, you should be given the appropriate sentence but you shouldnt' have to worry about dying or being mistreated in jail while you wait out your sentence. If you didn't screw up, you shouldn't even have to be worried about going to jail its just horrible.
PREACH! @drwhat. If prison is supposed to be safe, then why does a prison verdict elicit more fear of harm, rape and death than just the mere isolation from freedom and friends and family?
I think you have a smarter approach to the issue @amog32. We need to overhaul the system to bring about greater, more accurate justice to begin with. Totally agree
@marshalledgar You've definitely hit on what I would say, too. I've read before that while it differs by state, the wrongly imprisoned get something like a certain amount per every day they were wrong imprisoned (similarly to how normal inmates get a normal sum for each day they were imprisoned as a wage of sorts), but the numbers aren't anywhere near as high as what you're throwing out. Sadly, I don't think there is any amount of retribution we can give after the fact. Those years are gone. There's nothing that can be done to make up for them, like @drwhat said. We need to work on this not happening! It's disgusting to know to know that our justice system is doing the opposite of imposing just rulings.
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