SCOTUS to enact Due Process Rights to DNA Testing to Prisoners holding to be Innocent

SCOTUS to enact Due Process Rights to DNA Testing to Prisoners holding to be Innocent

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Matthew Jost started this petition to United States Supreme Court and

Our goal is simply to overturn the denial of the scientific tool, called DNA testing, by the U.S. Supreme Court to individuals who continue to exclaim their Innocence.

On June 18th 2009 (a day before what we now call Juneteenth) "the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower federal court ruling. This ruling at the time held that the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees a convicted inmate the right to a DNA test on evidence that might prove his innocence" (1)

The reversal, DENIES that RIGHT to DNA testing...

To put the implications of this in action it took Archie Williams, for example, 37 years to get out of jail!!! The Innocence Project took on his case in 1995. and FINALLY were able to petition a Judge to grant him the Unalienable Right to have due process.

Archie was exonerated within mere hours as the DNA Testing and Fingerprints from the Crime Scene Revealed he was not the Murderer, and Stephen Forbes was. (2)

Anthony Hinton spent 30 innocent years in jail  (3)...Jonathan Irons spent 22 years (4)...and so so many more as a result of the hard work by Innocence Project and Equal Justice Initiative have been exonerated.

Why is this petition important well as per Innocence Project...Anywhere 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners in the U.S. are innocent (for context, if just 2.3% of all prisoners are innocent of the 2.3 million population, that would mean that more than 52,000 innocent people are in prison and FURTHERMORE 52,000 criminals could still be free.

I don't know about you but in 2021 this is an unconscionable obstruction of justice. Innocent People should not be silenced by the STIGMA of a crime that they DID NOT COMMIT.

There is a bias within our legal system and it preys on those that cannot afford to fight the law, who do not have the financial means to have the best lawyers defending them ensure all evidence is being used to ensure FAIR TRIAL. 

The fact of the matter is in the US we have the largest prison system in the world and Black Americans are jailed 4X more than White Americans. 3/5 of ALL PEOPLE  in jail are legally presumed innocent, awaiting trial or resolution of their cases through plea negotiations and simply too poor to post even low bail. (5)

By the way...DNA costs are high for these incarcerated individuals HOWEVER incarcerating an individual "costs between $20,000 and $40,000 per year to house inmates in federal and state correctional facilities." (6)

Why do we continue to Deny these rights to people that maintain their innocence.

WE are BETTER than ignorance, their are DATABASES that can quickly pull fingerprints from scenes and look through and find criminals who most likely have been Fingerprinted and book before.

Please Please PLEASE sign this and share it. We must wake up those asleep at the wheel and implement the 4th Amendment of due process; a constitutional right for all citizens.

The work has just begun, we most EVOLe as a nation.

Thank you so much for your support in advance. 

Read more @ below links

1) https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/news/supreme-court-rejects-due-process-right-to-dna-testing-after-trial

2) https://innocenceproject.org/fingerprint-database-match-establishes-archie-williams-innocence/

3.) https://eji.org/cases/anthony-ray-hinton

4.) https://eji.org/news/jonathan-irons-released-with-support-of-wnba-star-maya-moore/

5)https://www.vera.org/publications/incarcerations-front-door-the-misuse-of-jails-in-america

6) https://thelawdictionary.org/article/what-is-the-average-cost-to-house-inmates-in-prison/

and for a full-picture of our the Jail situation in this country read the below

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2020.html

 

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