I recently read a book called Confessions of An Innocent Man by David R. Dow.
This book was very impressive to me. I enjoyed the writing style and the story kept my attention from beginning to end. To sum it up, it’s about a man who was wrongly accused of murdering his wife and was sentenced to the death penalty.
The death penalty. A touchy subject for most, I’m sure. I won’t publicly place my opinion on the subject, but I will say that I believe in “innocent until proven guilty.” I feel that in a lot of cases, people are thrown into prison too easily without really making sure every piece of evidence points to them.
It saddens me to know that there have been people who have been put into prison or have gotten the death penalty, and it turned out they were innocent. Sure, the people who don’t get the death penalty get to go free, but they have lost so much of their freedom and respect and that’s difficult when they go back out into the real world. Or the ones who get the death penalty and everyone finds out too late that they were innocent. What does it matter now, if they are pardoned, other than people knowing the truth?
I guess I’m just not entirely confident in “the system.” How many cases do you think there are out there where someone was thrown into prison and given the death penalty because light evidence pointed to them and no one took the time to dig further? You know, a case of “it’s enough evidence, toss them.” Or maybe I’ve read too many fiction novels. Love my Mary Higgins Clark and John Grisham stories!
The book, Confessions of an Innocent Man, was truly remarkable (bravo, author David R. Dow) and it’s available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It may also be available at your local library. Check it out, if you have the stomach for it.
In closing, here are some sad statistics:
The total number of people exonerated is 165, with the most recent being Clifford Williams, Jr. on March 28, 2019. (deathpenaltyinfo.org)
One in 25 Sentenced to Death in the U.S. is Innocent, Study Claims (newsweek.com)