Previously published in Examiner
Part 4 of the Innocence Project series
According to Correction Services Canada, Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976. http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/hist/1900/index-eng.shtml
The last man hanged in Canada country was 1962, as confirmed by Amnesty International. http://www.amnesty.ca/deathpenalty/canada.php
The last man hanged in Montreal’s Bordeaux Jail was Wilbert Coffin on on February 10, 1956. He was found guilty of killing an American woodsman, but to this day there is doubt as to whether or not he actually did it. The whole case was based on circumstantial evidence.
However, that still did not free the innocent who were incarcerated for murders they did not commit. The John Howard Society in Canada works in a similar fashion to that of the Innocence Project to help free innocence individuals caught up in the system due to an error in the legal process and to rehabilitate ex criminals and ease them back into the community. It is an ongoing fight for both the United States and Canada to help create a better justice system that will incarcerate the criminals and rehabilitate them and fight for the rights of the innocent.
How Does The Innocent Project Help Americans?
Fortunately, today DNA testing has reformed the face of the Justice System in all Western Countries. However the people involved with the Innocent Project say it is still not enough.
The men and women dedicated to continually improving the system in terms of its accuracy (getting the right people behind bars), work throughout the legal system collaborating with policy makers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement officers, victims and families of victims to advocate for change and provide support and information to the victims, and families of victims across the board.
Taken directly from the Innocence Project site for information and promotional purposes:
Innocence Project and its partner successes include but is not limited to:
• Reformed eyewitness identification procedures in major cities including Boston and Minneapolis
• Started the recording of interrogations in dozens of cities and towns
• Strictly regulated the use of jailhouse snitches in two Canadian provinces
The Innocence Project and its partners also pursue policy reforms on related issues that benefit people who have been wrongfully convicted and help improve law enforcement practices.
For more information on the wonderful Innocence Project program visit: http://www.innocenceproject.org/fix/
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
to be continued