Study: One in 25 People Sentenced to Death Are Likely Innocent

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 (Scott Shafer/KQED)

A new study published by the National Academy of Sciences attempts to answer a question at the heart of the capital punishment debate: How many innocent people are sentenced to death? Based on a statistical analysis, the study's authors estimate that 4.1 percent of those sentenced to death are innocent. We discuss the study and its implications.


Samuel Gross, professor of law at the University of Michigan, co-founder and editor of the National Registry of Exonerations and co-author of "The Rate of False Convictions Among Criminal Defendants Who are Sentenced to Death"