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Threat of Death Penalty Leads to Wrongful Convictions

Death row exonerees are not the only innocent people harmed by the death penalty. Many people have been convicted of crimes they did not commit after being threatened with a death sentence. The Death Penalty Information Center recently analyzed the 2021 Annual Report on Exonerations put out by the National Registry of Exonerations and found that "the pursuit or threatened use of the death penalty by police or prosecutors in nine different states led to the wrongful murder convictions of at least twelve innocent people who were exonerated in 2021."


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