"Rape Exoneration: The Number Grows"
Imprisoned for rape for 7 years, held in civil commitment for 10 years more as a sexual predator - but finally exonerated by DNA ... 17 years too late.
This Week on Due Process
Arrested for a crime? Surely with good reason.
Convicted and jailed? Most certainly guilty.
At least, that's what most Americans once believed.
But the last 30 years have challenged those assumptions; forced us to acknowledge mistakes are made, innocent people imprisoned - and sometimes even freed - by the irrefutable evidence of DNA.The Innocence Project lists nearly 350 DNA exonerations. Among them: Rodney Roberts of Newark.
On this two-part edition of "Due Process": the growing phenomenon of DNA rape exoneration - but only after an average 14 years in prison.
We tell Roberts' harrowing story, including his 10 years of forced post-prison civil commitment, then explore the need for meaningful reform with Rutgers Law Prof. Laura Cohen and John Jay Psychologist Dr. Matthew Johnson.
Next week, in Part II, we delve deeper into the abuses of civil commitment in New Jersey, which has put 2,000 men thought to be sexual predators into an extra-judicial lockup that may last their whole lives.
It's the kind of story you'll see only on "Due Process" - and only with the support of viewers like you.
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