This is from the Dallas News. The county where Dallas is has had more DNA exonerations than most states.
Getting innocent people out of prison is just the start. Most have lots of problems adjusting to the world. They have trouble getting work and often have major health care issues. Compensation of those who are wrongly convicted including health care is the responsible thing to do.
Beyond this changing the system so that the problems that cause wrongful convictions can be fixed is an absolute priority.
Taping interrogations and improving procedures for eye witness identification are fairly cheap fixes that would go a long way to fixing the system.
In addition, the prosecutors and police who actively cause wrongful convictions by hiding or fabricating evidence should be prosecuted. Currently the laws mostly give them immunity for their actions.
Editorial: Punish those who wrongfully convictTimothy Cole died in prison an innocent man, victimized by a gross miscarriage of justice. Although a judge in Austin cleared Cole's name last week, work still awaits the Legislature to ensure that such a travesty never occurs again.Like most of the 32 other wrongfully convicted men in Texas who were subsequently cleared, Cole was black. He was attending Texas Tech in 1985 when fellow student Michelle Mallin was raped. Prosecutors had another strong suspect in the case, Jerry Wayne Johnson, a black man already charged in two other rapes. But they kept that information from Mallin and disregarded it as they constructed a case against Cole. He received a 25-year prison sentence.