Ten years of freedom for Ben Salazar


Ben Salazar

celebrates the tenth anniversary of his exoneration today. Salazar was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1992 and sentenced to 30 years. Three rounds of post-conviction DNA testing were performed before Salazar was finally exonerated on November 20, 1997. He had spent 5 years behind bars in Texas for a crime he didn’t commit.

Salazar’s wrongful conviction was caused, at least in part, by eyewitness misidentification, the most frequent cause of all wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA testing.

Learn more about eyewitness misidentification and other causes of wrongful conviction


Other exoneration anniversaries this week:

Ronnie Bullock

, Illinois (Served 10.5 years, Exonerated 11/23/1994)

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