PASSED

Great News that the First Step Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.  Among other benefits of this law, anyone wrongly convicted — based on false confessions or any other reason — will receive better opportunities.  Our entire society should benefit.

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Prison Reform

I endorse Van Jones’ prison reform efforts.  The need to improve conditions in prisons is all the more important when we realize how many innocent people they house — partly as a result of false confessions.

SCOTUS

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Brendan Massey, which likely involved a false confession.  Accordingly, Massey remains incarcerated despite two courts finding that his confession was coerced.  Very disappointing.

Tankleff

Last week Marty Tankleff reached a $10 million settlement with Suffolk County, New York.  Tankleff, who gave a coerced false confession to killing his parents, served 17 years in prison before his conviction was vacated.  His was the first case I wrote up on this website, and one of the first in which I served as a false confessions expert.