The risk of executing an innocent person is very real.
In January 2017, Isaiah McCoy, a man in Delaware who had been sentenced to death without a shred of physical evidence, was acquitted. Delaware does not require any DNA evidence to sentence someone to death. To read the full story, click here.
Since 1973 in the United States, 161 men and women have been exonerated from death row. Common causes of wrongful conviction include: eyewitness error, snitch testimony, police misconduct, prosecutor misconduct, false confessions, and junk science. Some people say that DNA evidence should prevent these kinds of errors. But DNA evidence is only available in a very few cases. We know Delaware makes mistakes. The only way to prevent an innocent person from being executed is to end the death penalty.
To learn about individuals who have been exonerated from death row, visit:
Witness to Innocence – a membership-based organization of exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones
One for Ten – a series of short films about death row survivors.