You shouldn’t be incarcerated for a crime you didn’t commit. It ruins lives. People lose their families; they can’t get jobs; and they have a difficult time ever building the life they should have had. Even if you’re exonerated, the stain of wrongful incarceration often can’t be washed away.
While no one can fully erase the damage done by false incarceration, there are legal remedies available to help victims obtain compensation for the harm they’ve suffered.
If you were falsely charged and incarcerated for more than 72 hours, contact attorney Ben Crump today for a free, no-risk case evaluation. Mr. Crump has been fighting for people’s civil rights for decades and might be able to help you get justice.
Wrongful Convictions and Incarcerations: A Growing Problem
The problem of wrongful incarceration isn’t going away. In fact, in 2016 it hit record numbers. Across the United States, there were 166 exonerations, according to the University of California Irvine’s National Registry of Exonerations. That is up from 160 in 2015, which was also a record. Between 1989, when the Registry began tracking the data, and early 2017, there were nearly 2,000 known exonerations in the U.S.
The numbers include people charged with everything from homicide to non-violent offenses such as drug possession. Those statistics don’t include those who have yet to be exonerated, but who are nevertheless wrongfully incarcerated.
The problem of wrongful charges and incarcerations affects African-Americans more than any other group, according to the Registry. Nearly half of the 1,994 people exonerated since 1989 were African-American. Adding insult to injury is the fact that it takes longer for African-Americans to clear their names: For example, African-Americans wrongfully convicted of murder spent an average of three more years in prison than whites who were cleared, according to a New York Times story on racial disparities in wrongful incarceration.
Why Are People Wrongfully Incarcerated?
There are many reasons why you could be wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a crime, or crimes, you didn’t commit. A witness could have mistakenly identified you. Sometimes confessions can be false or coerced, as could accusations. There could be misconduct on the part of officials. There are scores of other reasons, too.
Compensation for the Wrongfully Incarcerated
The federal government and 32 states, plus the District of Columbia, all have laws requiring some type of compensation for wrongful incarceration. Some even go further, mandating vocational programs and other services.
However, to get the money and services you’re entitled to, you might need the help of an advocate experienced in the ins and outs of the legal system.
Mr. Crump is known nationally for his work helping people get justice for the wrongs they’ve suffered, helping them try to get their lives back. Contact him today for free to discuss your case and the possibility of obtaining compensation.