The largest prison population in the world. Something’s wrong in here. Image source & Courtesy – lostrepublic.us | Click for image.
US Census Bureau says, 63% of US population, is between 18-65 – numbering 19.5 crores (from 31 crores).
US DoJ data release for the year-2011, says the number of people in correctional system (probation, parole or prison) excluding under prosecution number, is more than 70 lakhs – mostly from 18-65 years group. That is 70 lakhs people out of 19.5 crores – nearly 4% (3.63% to be exact).
Anyway you look at it, it is more than any other country in the world.
A Chicago man who spent more than 30 years behind bars before DNA evidence helped overturn his conviction in the rape and killing of a 3-year-old girl was released from prison late Friday, just hours after prosecutors dropped the case against him.
An Illinois appeals court in March had ordered a new trial for 50-year-old Andre Davis after tests found that DNA taken from the scene of the 1980 killing of Brianna Stickle wasn’t his. The girl was attacked in Rantoul, about 20 miles north of Champaign.
Is disproportionate imprisonment another method of keeping minorities under subjugation and control? | Image source & courtesy – http://beinglatino.wordpress.com | Click for image.
Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz had decided earlier in the day not to pursue charges against him.
Judy Royal of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, which represented Davis, said he was the longest-serving of the 42 people exonerated by DNA evidence in Illinois.
“Mr. Davis served 32 years in prison for a rape and murder he didn’t commit,” Royal said. “Tamms is a difficult place to do time. He’s hoping to rebuild his life, with the support of his family.”
More than 70 lakhs in prison, parole or probation. Number of people under prosecution not available for now | Image source & courtesy – prisonprofiler.com | Click for image.
Reitz said that while she didn’t doubt the results of the DNA tests, she decided not to retry Davis because of the difficulty in taking a 32-year-old case to trial — not because of those tests.
“After 30 years, witnesses are either deceased, missing or no longer credible to testify,” said Rietz, who has been state’s attorney in Champaign County since 2004. “Based on the age of the case and the current state of the evidence, we elected to dismiss.”
She noted that Davis was twice convicted by juries. His first conviction was overturned because of a mistake made by a bailiff during jury deliberations.
Rietz said any further steps in the investigation of Briana’s death will be up to police. Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber did not return a call regarding the status of the investigation.
Women prisoners alone is US are as many as general population prisoners in Japan. Are US women also more criminal than the rest of the world? | Image source & courtesy – wpaonline.org | Click for image.
DNA testing wasn’t available in 1980. But in 2004, Davis requested that evidence gathered at the scene of Briana’s death be DNA tested.
According to the tests, blood and semen found at the scene weren’t from Davis. That led to the March appellate court decision.
via Ill. man exonerated after 30 years in prison for murder – USATODAY.com.