What an amazing year we have had at NDRAN! We changed our name. We are now doing business as NCCAN, the National Capital Crime Assistance Network. Because we work on many cases that are not death row cases, we feel the new name is more appropriate. Checks can still be made out to either NDRAN or NCCAN.
To honor the new name, Helen Stevens, a friend and former student, took it upon herself to design our new website. Please go to https.nccan.org and have a look! Best of all, Helen is also administering the site as an ongoing gift to the organization.
Innocence Cases in the News
Articles collected from around the internet that illustrate injustice, false convictions, police brutality, and other relevant topics.
The opposite of poverty is NOT wealth; it is justice.
Jeffrey Deskovic – The Long March to Freedom
Jeffrey Deskovic was a high school boy who had the misfortune of being convicted for the rape and murder of one of his classmates. One of the reasons the police focused on him was because he seemed fascinated with the case and offered to help in the investigation. His collaboration was rewarded by an inhumane interrogation session that left him sobbing under a desk after 8 hours. As a result of the interrogation, he was convicted for a crime he did not commit.
Charles Wakefield – Freed After 35 Years
Charles Wakefield is a man who had the misfortune of being implicated in a murder nine months after the murder was committed. The implication had to do with eyewitness testimony that was motivated by clemency for another prisoner. Modern findings show that eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. Nevertheless, this shaky testimony was enough to get Mr. Wakefield convicted for murder and sentenced to death. He spent two years on death row, at which point he was given the option to have his sentence converted to life without parole. Charles was an exemplary prisoner and there were many reasons to give him parole. However, these reasons were not deemed to be enough and he remained in jail for an additional thirty-three years. Finally, he was granted parole.
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