Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the Innocence Project
We will talk about the innocence project first and then end our series with the Montreal equivalent, the John Howard society.
What is the Innocence Project?
If you go to the website for The Innocence Project one of the first things that you will notice is the organization’s mandate:
“The Innocence Project is a National Litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.” http://www.innocenceproject.org/
This examiner must repeat … “and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.” This is a mighty big task for an adequate but flawed legal system.
The USA is not the only country to have a flawed system. The American system is no worst than any other system in the world. Canada and just about every western legal system in the world have made mistakes. The trouble is when a mistake leads to a person being incarcerated for decades on end, or worst still, given the death penalty and thus losing his or her life altogether, a simple apology, or an admission that a mistake was made just does not cut it.
It doesn’t make a difference that the innocence are released after being wrongfuly incarcerated; and frankly it doesn’t make a difference to the family if a remuneration is paid out. The wrongfully accused lost so many years of their lives needlessly.