No less than 206 people (205 men and one woman) nationwide have been exonerated through DNA evidence since 1989. The New York Times spent four months gathering information on 137 of them,and features the story of New Yorker Jeffrey Mark Deskovic, exonerated and freed in 2006 after spending 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit.
The consequences of the criminal justice system gone wrong are devastating. The New York Times is to be commended for highlighting the humanity of Jeffrey and the other 136 they studied. Don’t miss the interactive sidebar with audio from the exonerated.