Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

17—number of years Greg Taylor spent in prison for a rape he did not commit before being freed by the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission February 17, 2010 (News & Observer, February 17, 2010)

30—number of members of the General Assembly who voted against final approval of the legislation that created the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission in 2006. (N.C. General Assembly)

9—-number of years Alan Gell spent in prison, including 4 years on death row, for a murder he did not commit before being released February 18, 2004 (North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium)

18—number of years Darryl Hunt spent in prison serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit before being exonerated February 6, 2004. (Ibid)

18—number of years spent Dwayne Allen Dail spent in prison for a rape he did not commit before being exonerated August 28, 2007 (The Innocence Project)

1—number of people removed from death row in North Carolina for every six people who have been executed (North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium)

139—number of people freed from death row in the U.S. based on evidence of their innocence since the death penalty was reinstated in 1973. (Death Penalty Information Center)

251—number of DNA post-conviction exonerations in the U.S. (The Innocence Project)

34—number of states in which people wrongly convicted have been exonerated by DNA testing (Ibid)

88—percentage of former and present presidents of the country's top academic criminological societies who reject the notion that the death penalty is a deterrent (Death Penalty Information Center)

3.5—-number of times the odds of the getting the death penalty in North Carolina increase if the victim was white (Race and the Death Penalty in North Carolina" Dr. Isaac Unah, Professor John C. Boger, UNC-Chapel Hill, April 16, 2001)

54—number of members of the N.C. House who voted against the Racial Justice Act on the final vote in the House on its passage in 2009 (N.C. General Assembly)

18—number of Senators who voted against the Racial Justice Act on the final vote in the Senate on its passage in 2009 (N.C. General Assembly)

About the author

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.
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