Study puts price tag on wrongful convictions in Illinois at $214 million

Karen Sloan – The National Law Journal, June 20, 2011 Wrongful convictions don’t just harm those who spend time in jail for crimes they didn’t commit and their families. They also come at a hefty cost to the public, according to a study by the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law and the Better Government Association, a Chicago-based good-government group. The study concluded that wrongful convictions for violent crimes in Illinois have cost taxpayers more than $214 million since 1989. Those wrongful convictions also resulted in people later proven innocent spending more than 900 years in prison. [Full Story: http://defender411.us/ii1VyI ]

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Study puts price tag on wrongful convictions in Illinois at $214 million