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Why Were There So Many Criminal Exonerations in Harris County Last Year?

An annual report from the National Registry of Exonerations reveals a record number of exonerations in the U.S. last year — 125 of them, in fact. That’s nearly a 40 percent increase over 2012 and 2013. Plus 33 of those exonerations came in drug cases in Harris County. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Samuel Gross, […]

An annual report from the National Registry of Exonerations reveals a record number of exonerations in the U.S. last year — 125 of them, in fact. That’s nearly a 40 percent increase over 2012 and 2013. Plus 33 of those exonerations came in drug cases in Harris County.

Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Samuel Gross, a law professor from the University of Michigan and editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, about how and why this may have occurred.

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