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Report Finds More Than Half of Falsely Convicted Prisoners Are Black

Confirming years of criticism from the African-American community that Blacks are disproportionately imprisoned and wrongly convicted, groundbreaking data compiled by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law reported that half the 873 exonerated defendants in their study were African-American, and nine out of 10 were men. Researchers estimated the defendants spent more than 11 years each in prison for crimes they did not commit. 

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