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Utah Minorities Disproportionately Sentenced in 2017

Utah Minorities Disproportionately Sentenced in 2017

According to recent data, over 40 percent of those sentenced to prison in Utah last year were minorities, which the director of the state sentencing commission says suggests bias in arrests, prosecution and sentencing. Read the full story here.

Indiana Supreme Court Rules Lethal Injection Is Constitutional

Indiana Supreme Court Rules Lethal Injection Is Constitutional

In a unanimous decision, the court rules against death row inmate Roy Ward, who argued there is a lack of oversight in choosing the drug cocktail used in executions. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Illinois Man Seeks Compensation

Wrongly Convicted Illinois Man Seeks Compensation

Nevest Coleman, who spent 23 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit, is filing a lawsuit against the city of Chicago, police officers, a former prosecutor and the county. Read the full story here.

Proposed Bill to Reinstate New Mexico Death Penalty Fails

Proposed Bill to Reinstate New Mexico Death Penalty Fails

A legislative committee rejects the bill, which sought to reinstate the death penalty for murders involving children, police officers and correctional officers. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Louisiana Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Louisiana Man Is Free

Malcolm Alexander, who served almost 38 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, is a free man after a judge vacated his conviction. Read the full story here.

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Appeals for 10 Death Row Inmates

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Appeals for 10 Death Row Inmates

The Supreme Court releases the 10 rulings at the same time, denying the appeals of inmates who challenged their sentences because juries were not unanimous in recommending execution. Read the full story here.

Wisconsin Bill Proposes Changes to Compensation for Wrongly Convicted

Wisconsin Bill Proposes Changes to Compensation for Wrongly Convicted

The proposed bill could award the wrongly convicted up to $1 million, whereas current laws set the maximum at $25,000. Read the full story here.

Supreme Court Reopens Death Penalty Case

Supreme Court Reopens Death Penalty Case

The U.S. Supreme Court rules an appeals court should re-examine Georgia inmate Keith Tharpe’s post-conviction challenge because of a racist juror at trial. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Nevada Woman Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Nevada Woman Is Free

Kirstin Lobato, who served more than 15 years for the murder of a homeless man, is free after a judge dismissed the case. Read the full story here.

Chicago Men to Receive Compensation

Chicago Men to Receive Compensation

City Council approves a $31 million settlement, one of the largest in Chicago’s history, for four men who were wrongly convicted of a 1994 rape and murder. Read the full story here.