Our country has over two million people in prison. An estimated 20,000 of them are innocent. As DNA testing is becoming more accessable, more people are being exonerated. Most of them are aggrivated rape and rape-murder cases from the ‘80s, because these cases have DNA to test. Many falsely convicted people are never exonerated because their sentence is shorter than the average time it would take to get exonerated, so they do not even bother to try. These days, DNA evidence is being used prior to charging people with crimes, ruling out many people who might have been convicted in the past. This issue has raised people to action. There is an organization called the Innocence Project. To find out more about them, go to http://www.innocenceproject.org/
There is no way of knowing for sure just how many innocent people are in prison, but we know there are many. Hopefully, they will get the help they need to gain their freedom.