How Many Innocent People Are in Prison?
Extrapolating from the 281 known DNA exonerations in the US since the late 1980s, a conservative estimate is that 1 percent of the US prison population, approximately 20,000 people, are falsely convicted.
In fact, since the late 1980s there have been as many as 850 exonerations nationwide, according to University of Michigan law professor Samuel Gross, a leading researcher in the field. Many of them float under the radar, Gross says, unlike the highly publicized DNA exonerations.
Israeli Settlement Expansion Breaks Records
New figures show Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank has reached record levels. According to the Israeli group Peace Now, settlement building rose 20 percent last year, with construction starts on thousands of new homes. Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now announced the group’s findings. With U.S. backing, Israel has rejected Palestinian calls for a settlement freeze as a precondition for peace talks.
Drones Account for 31% of U.S. Military Aircraft
New figures show drones now account for a major portion of the U.S. military’s aircraft. According to a recent Congressional Research Service report, 31 percent of all U.S. military aircraft are drones, compared with just 5 percent in 2005.