Since 2011, “new true crime” documentaries and podcasts have been instrumental in helping get at least three wrongfully convicted men released from prison (Paradise Lost), at least two convictions overturned (Making a Murderer and Serial), and one suspected serial murderer arrested (The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Hurst). The rate of criminal exonerations in America is at a record high.
But experts say that, in many instances, these cases are getting harder and harder to litigate because so many of them now stem from cases that lack concrete DNA evidence.
The video is a play-by-play of how to extract a confession using what is known as the Reid Method.
Those simply stated protections have been continuously eroded over the past 200 years.
Karen Daniel and Judy Royal, lawyers at Northwestern University Law School's Center on Wrongful Convictions, concluded that most innocence projects—including their own legal clinic—are failing to bring justice to wrongly convicted women.
They have identified factors that make female clients more difficult to exonerate, and uncovered startling facts that distinguish the cases of wrongly convicted women from those of men.
Why is it so difficult for wrongfully convicted women to get justice?
Of 1,628 exonerations nationwide since 1989, only 148 are women.