US taxpayers spent almost $1 billion incarcerating innocent black people

Since 1989, 2,515 men and women have been exonerated after proving their innocence. In total, among all known exonerees, Americans have shelled out a staggering $4.12 billion to incarcerate innocent men and women since 1989. That’s largely money spent on trials, and the cost of housing inmates in prison. Black men make up the majority of those wrongfully convicted — approximately 49%.

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