Innocence Project http://iowapublicradio.org en The Anatomy of a False Confession http://iowapublicradio.org/post/anatomy-false-confession <p>The<a href="http://www.innocenceproject.org/"> Innocence Project</a> says that in about <a href="http://www.innocenceproject.org/fix/False-Confessions.php">25% of DNA exoneration cases, innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or pled guilty</a>. People sometimes confess to crimes they didn&rsquo;t commit. But,why?</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:21:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 30269 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Anatomy of a False Confession Commutation, Skylark and the Innocence Project of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/commutation-skylark-and-innocence-project-iowa <p>In the summer of 1974, Rasberry Williams shot and killed a Waterloo man over a $30 gambling debt.&nbsp; In April, Governor Terry Branstad granted Williams’ request for commutation, making him eligible for parole.&nbsp; We continue our corrections series by talking about when a life sentence should be reconsidered.&nbsp; Then, we learn about Skylark, which works with victims of domestic violence on commutation requests, and the Innocence Project of Iowa, which is about to file its first case.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:29:13 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 23308 at http://iowapublicradio.org Commutation, Skylark and the Innocence Project of Iowa Mistaken Eyewitness Identification http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mistaken-eyewitness-identification <p>Of the 273 exonerations granted to convicted criminals since 1989, more than 75-percent can be attributed to mistaken eyewitness identification. That&#39;s according to the Innocence Project. Today on &quot;River to River&quot;, we talk with ISU Psychology professor Gary Wells, who says he&#39;s developed a procedure to substantially reduce mistaken identifications in photo lineups.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:18:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer 4581 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mistaken Eyewitness Identification