Tuesday, November 19, 2002

I am surprised that more states do not allow DNA testing on past cases when it could prove the guilt or innocence of a jailed individual. Considering that over 100 people have been freed from jail based upon the fact that a DNA test proved that they did not commit the rape, murder, whatever. It's shocking and sad.

This all comes out from me now after this most recent incident in Maryland. Twenty years this man as in jail for a crime he did not commit and he can't even get compenstated for that time. Major kudos to the two state senators who are pushing through a bill to make sure this man gets paid for the time he was wrongfully imprisoned. He spent twenty years in jail -- half of his life. When he got out he had no family to turn to, no home, and no job and he couldn't sue the state for any compensation due to his (as they would say on Designing Women) "unfortunate incarceration." He now has to rebuild his life from ground zero and how do they expect him to explain why he is just now looking for work on a job interview. But, at the very least he has gotten some job interviews.

See, this is the weird part of our legal system...some states allow DNA testing after the case is over and many don't. I shudder to think how many innocent people had to serve their FULL terms (or worse die in jail), have their lives completely ruined, and have no one believe their innocence. I'm surprised the Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on this. If you're job is to make sure that ever person that goes to jail is guilty then there should be some recourse when there is new technology that may help prove whether or not they are guilty.

Enough said. Off my soapbox.
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