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Author Topic: What is the longest time an innocent man/woman/child has spent in jail?  (Read 3665 times)

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before being freed & exonerated of the crime for which they were incarcerated...?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7949027.stm

This fella was in there for 27 years before anyone noticed he didn't actually commit the crime (although makes you wonder if he was initially "encouraged" to confess...). The article states "one of the longest" miscarriages of justice - so what's the longest one?

Answers of folks who were mistakenly executed are not what is being sought, though.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN2938136220080430

Another case but also 27 years. Possibly there are people in counties where the cases are never reviewed who have served much longer sentences.

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There was a guy called John Straffen who is thought to have been innocent (but not found innocent legally) and who served 50 years.

This Guardian report explains his case in full.

This was in 2001, I'll try to find what has happened to 'England's longest serving prisoner'.
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Forgot to add the link...Guilty as charged...here it is, Exhibit A....

http://www.innocent.org.uk/cases/johnstraffen/index.html
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