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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Jailed By Mistake: Wrongful arrests jail 100 people for over 2,000 days"

FourthAmendment.com cites to and excerpts this article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. According to the story:

The Post-Dispatch examination found several recurring problems:

  • Police failed to verify the identity of people they arrested, especially those who provided someone else’s name. In almost every wrongful arrest found, police and other officials overlooked a fingerprint report warning that they either had the wrong person or someone who used an alias.
  • The protests of those wrongly arrested often were ignored.
  • Officials failed to differentiate between the people who gave false names and the people who suffered for it. 
  • Authorities downplayed the cases where their own mistake caused a wrongful arrest.
  • Officials failed to correct errors in records, setting up repeated wrongful arrests and leaving authorities unsure of who they were holding or who committed which past crimes.

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