In 1985, Timothy Cole was a student in Lubbock when he was arrested and accused of being the Texas Tech rapist. A string of coeds had been raped, and the young African-American man from Fort Worth, who’d never been in trouble with the law before, was convicted largely on the eyewitness account of one rape victim.
Nearly two decades later, a jailhouse confession by another man prompted new DNA testing in the case. Those tests proved that Cole was innocent, that he should be exonerated and released. But in this case, that proved impossible.
It was impossible because he had already died in prison. While he wasn’t executed, innocent people can be, by our current death penalty statutes. We need to eliminate the death penalty and provide a chance for redemption. The story also points out the need for better medical care in prison too.
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