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A jury has awarded a local man $160,000, in his successful lawsuit against the PG County Police Department for his wrongful arrest and for falsely accusing him of assaulting a police officer. Click here to watch the video and to see what really happened during the incident. http://ow.ly/kcLTO
"The video doesn't lie." That is what a Maryland man is declaring after a jury awarded him some big time cash in a civil suit against the Prince...
Two former corrections officers have pled guilty to conspiracy charges, related to their attempts to obstruct the investigation into the beating of an inmate at Roxbury (MD) Correctional Facility in 2008. A total of five officers have now pled guilty and apparently many others are still awaiting trial. http://ow.ly/jQO1r
Two more former Maryland correctional officers have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges in the 2008 beating of an inmate.
The death of a 22 year-old prison inmate last week at the Maryland Correctional Institution - Hagerstown has been ruled a homicide. No suspects have been charged at this point, while the investigation continues. http://ow.ly/jCSUD
Maryland State Police say an inmate slain at the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown last week was stabbed in the neck.
A VA Sheriff has come up with a new way to ease prison overcrowding -- he simply hired a private contractor to construct three buildings in the Chesapeake area, allegedly without obtaining proper permits, public input, nor prior consent from the Board of Corrections. If this idea catches on with other "enterprising" sheriffs, a jail in your neighborhood may be next.. http://ow.ly/jkGCz
Check out this story of a man who was wrongfully convicted of child sex abuse in 2000 and finally exonerated last week. DNA evidence eventually freed him, but if the prosecution had thoroughly tested the evidence for his DNA before going to trial, he never would have wound up in prison in the first place. http://ow.ly/iSvbv
On September 28, 1998, a nine-year-old girl said a man had harassed her and her five-year-old friend as they were walking home from school in...
After Judiciary Committee approval, the MD State House of Representatives is expected to vote on repealing the death penalty in the coming weeks. The MD Senate has already voted in favor of repealing the death penalty, but even if the House also votes in favor of the measure, it may still come up for a referendum vote this November. http://ow.ly/iKxmG
Gov. O'Malley's bill to repeal the death penalty is making headway, gaining approval from a Maryland House Committee.
Here's the rare case of a prison guard who has actually pleaded guilty to charges of inmate abuse, after he conspired with several other guards on at least two occasions to harm the prisoner. One wonders why it has taken 5 years to enter the guilty plea.. http://ow.ly/iaXfA
A former correctional officer at a Hagerstown prison has pleaded guilty to conspiring with other officers in the beating of an inmate, and nine...
The US Supreme Court is expected to decide later this year about the constitutionality of performing DNA tests on those suspects who are arrested by the police. This goes above and beyond the DNA testing that is already being done once a defendant has been convicted. Many people feel that this is an invasion of privacy and the rights of the suspect -- how do you feel about it? http://ow.ly/i4GKI
The Supreme Court will soon decide what one justice called its most important criminal procedure case in decades: whether to allow police to take...
A bill to end the death penalty in MD has passed through the Judicial Proceedings Committee and is now headed for a vote before the full state Senate chamber. http://ow.ly/hXwJR
The Maryland Senate is nearing a vote on a measure that would repeal the state's death penalty.
The latest statistics show that tens of thousands of people have been denied gun permits since background checks began in VA in 1989 -- and about 30% of those who were denied permits had prior felony charges on their record. http://ow.ly/hOJUv
Virginia's background check system has prevented more than 54000 people from buying guns since it began in 1989.
The VA House of Delegates has stalled legislation that would have automatically restored voting rights to ex-felons upon the completion of their sentence and release from prison. Originally proposed by Gov. McDonnell, the bill apparently won't be taken up again until at least next year. http://ow.ly/hGo0F
A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow automatic restoration of nonviolent felons' civil rights is dead for the 2013 General Assembly...
With Gov O'Malley pushing for a repeal of the death penalty in MD, it is interesting to compare the number of state executions performed in MD vs. VA since reinstatement was resumed back in 1975. Click the link to view a database that provides death penalty statistics on a state-by-state basis.. http://ow.ly/hCrGV
Welcome to DPIC's new State-by-State information database. Here you will find the information once maintained on several individual pages. To use...
Here's another story that illustrates the many different factors can result in a wrongful conviction. In this case, the DC appeals court overturned a prior felony conviction based on improper jury instructions given by the lower court judge during deliberations. http://ow.ly/hyh9f
A District of Columbia appeals court has overturned the conviction of a man accused in a shooting five years ago that led police to impose...
The DC Correctional Treatment Facility is coming under fire for not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, by allegedly keeping a deaf inmate in his cell for 23 hours a day, instead of providing him with the interpretive services required. http://ow.ly/hrhFq
A former inmate in the D.C. correctional system is suing the city for alleged mistreatment. The D.C. man is deaf, and the lawsuit claims he was...
Check out this story of a man who was exonerated earlier this month from rape charges dating back to an incident that occurred more than 30 years ago. Originally sentenced to 95 years in prison, he was convicted based on false confession and testimony, as well as official misconduct. Fortunately, DNA samples helped to prove his innocence, releasing him from the 95-year jail sentence that was wrongfully imposed. http://ow.ly/heoMi
George Allen, Jr. was convicted of rape and murder in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1983, based on a coerced false confession and forensic fraud. He was...
The Maryland State Court of Appeals has instructed the MD State Police to turn over files to the NAACP and ACLU, in order to investigate how claims of racial profiling have been handled by the police. http://ow.ly/h8rgn
Maryland's highest court has ruled police must release files relating to how authorities investigate racial profiling.
There's still a chance that the Virginia Senate will pass legislation to restore voting rights for those ex-offenders who had previously committed non-violent felonies. The Governor of VA is the only person who can currently restore civil rights for ex-felons, and he is apparently supportive of the proposal to automatically restore voting rights for ex-felons upon the completion of all terms originally imposed at sentencing. http://ow.ly/h1Qh9
It's the Virginia Senate's turn to consider legislation to automatically restore the civil rights of nonviolent felons who have served their...
Maryland's Dept. of Juvenile and Correctional Services has announced a new regional treatment center for juvenile offenders. This is good news for two reasons: the treatment center is being built instead of the new jail that was originally proposed, and it is expected to reduce the overall population at the youth detention center in Baltimore in the coming years. http://ow.ly/gVZuP
Maryland has suspended plans to build a new jail in Baltimore for youths charged as adults.
Check out this story about a mother who helped her son successfully fight for his release from prison for a robbery that he didn't commit. It's a classic case of yet another unlawful conviction that was based on testimony from unreliable witnesses and a false confession as well. After several years of unlawful incarceration, Arthur Carmona finally proved his innocence -- but, in order to obtain his release from prison, he was forced to sign a stipulation saying that he would not press charges against the state of California. Sadly, Arthur was killed before he could earn his full exoneration of all charges.. http://ow.ly/gPEYv
If you were wrongfully convicted of a crime, how would you fight the system? 16-year-old Arthur Carmona and his mom, Ronnie Sandoval, spent years...
Happy New Year to a man who was just released and exonerated last week after serving approximately 25 years behind bars for a rape conviction that never should have occurred. Read here to find out how a police department and prosecutors convicted a man based on misleading forensic evidence and false testimony.. http://ow.ly/gHJ3q
On February 19, 1986, a 69-year-old Hispanic woman went to the police department in Waukegan, Illinois, and reported that on the previous evening...
Here's an interesting story that speaks to the persistence which is often required of those who are 100% dedicated to the pursuit of justice -- including Above & Beyond Investigating. This cold case involves a local mother who lost her son several years ago in a drive-by shooting allegedly resulting from mistaken identity.. http://ow.ly/gisl0
A Maryland mother's persistent demand for justice has landed a second man in court in connection with the 1999 murder of her son.
Have you always wondered how innocent people get convicted of crimes in US courts on a regular basis? Here's a video that answers the question at a very high level - naturally, each particular case of wrongful conviction has its own specific details and deserves a thorough review. The ABI Freedom Project will help bring some much-needed exposure to these exoneration cases and the human factors as well: http://ow.ly/gayhN
(Bloomberg Law) -- How often does our justice system get it wrong, convicting innocent people of crimes they did not commit?
Do you have a friend or family member who needs help with their literacy skills? The Washington Literacy Center has been a trusted resource for nearly 50 years, targeting high-need adult populations in DC - with most students coming from Wards 1, 7, and 8. Check them out here: http://ow.ly/fZawN
I always wanted more for myself in life. I wanted success, to be able to read and write, and to be happy at what I do in life, not to just sit back...
"The ABI Freedom Project strives to redress wrongful convictions and other injustices, by helping to exonerate innocent prisoners and dedicating our efforts to help rebuild lives after long-term incarceration.” Does this Mission Statement connect with your values? How would you feel if you were incarcerated for years for a crime that you didn't commit? Has this actually happened to you or someone you know?
While completing your holiday gift-giving checklist, why not take a moment to send a meaningful gift to a prison inmate? The Appalachian Prison Book Project collects and distributes much-needed books and other educational materials to prisoners in 6 surrounding states, including VA and MD. Check out their website and you'll find the location where you can send books this season -- and you can get a jump on the spring cleaning season as well!! http://ow.ly/fMK7j
Give a local prisoner the gift of enrichment this holiday season!
A Virginia man was finally able to spend Thanksgiving weekend at home with family and friends, having been pardoned last Tuesday by Gov. McDonnell. Originally convicted in 2008 of assaulting a 10-year old girl, his accuser has now recanted her court testimony and faces perjury charges as a result. The ABI Freedom Project will keep you abreast of these emerging stories of social justice in our local area. http://ow.ly/fAxNg
Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a conditional pardon for Johnathan Montgomery, who is currently imprisoned at Greensville Correctional Center,...
Do you remember the story of the Central Park 5, involving a white female jogger who was allegedly raped and assaulted by a gang of young black and Hispanic men? It was a classic case of wrongful conviction, and one of the men involved (who has finally been exonerated of all charges) talked last week on NPR about how a false confession was extracted from him during extended police interrogation. Follow the ABI Freedom Project for more stories of exoneration and vindication following such unlawful arrests and incarceration.. http://ow.ly/fpHNu
The DOC NYC film festival wraps up with The Central Park Five. The film recounts the notorious rape case of the Central Park jogger and the five...
Read here about the story of a woman who was finally exonerated of a murder charge earlier this month, after having spent 7 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. The only evidence used to convict her was a fingerprint sample, which turned out not to be her actual fingerprint -- the "expert" finally admitted that he had made a mistake during the trial. Want to find out what it takes to re-open cases of wrongful conviction? Attend our Open House event at the MLK Library in Downtown DC at 3pm on Saturday, 12/1, and GET INVOLVED!! http://ow.ly/fm055
Read here to find out how a "mistake" at trial led to a 55-year jail sentence for murder -- convicting an innocent woman. Luckily, justice was...
We invite all concerned citizens to come to our Town Hall meeting on Saturday, December 1st, 2012, at 3pm at the MLK Library in Downtown DC. We will be launching the ABI Freedom Project and discussing the importance of working on behalf of the wrongfully convicted and unlawfully accused in our community. RSVP (bring a friend!) and Get Involved today! http://ow.ly/feiLC
We invite all concerned citizens to come to our Town Hall meeting on Saturday, December 1st, 2012, at 3pm at the MLK Library in Downtown DC. We...
Earlier this month, an innocent man finally had his rape conviction overturned, but only after having spent 2 decades imprisoned for a crime that he didn't commit. The facts contained in the exoneration report makes one wonder how this man could have been convicted in the first place. The ABI Freedom Project stands ready to assist the wrongfully convicted and the victims of similar injustices. http://ow.ly/eJTEE
At about 9 p.m. on October 24, 1987, a 69-year-old white woman in Hickory, North Carolina, answered a knock on her door. A man brandishing a knife...
We passed an important milestone a couple of weeks ago: the 300th US citizen has been exonerated of all criminal charges based on DNA evidence. In fact, this latest exoneree was the 18th person released from death row based on such evidence -- and since there are about 140,000 people on death row across the US, there could be thousands of innocent prisoners facing a life sentence (or even execution) -- just like Mr. Thibodeaux had been doing since 1996. Dedicated to social justice, the ABI Innocence Project will continue to work on behalf of those who are unlawfully incarcerated. http://ow.ly/ewfyp
Damon Thibodeaux becomes the 18th death-row inmate saved from execution by DNA evidence.
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