The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Again, Innocent Men in Prison

May 13, 2019

In early May, Baltimore Circuit Court set free two brothers who had each spent 24 years in prison for a murder they did not commit. They thanked the lawyer from the State’s Attorney’s Office who had worked on their case. Yet the very same office sent them to prison in the first place.

Their case is the sixth time in the last few years that men have walked out of prison after years spent inside for a crime they did not commit. The work of freeing innocent men is a project of the University of Baltimore law students.

These law students, working for free, are part of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. This project, serving prisoners in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC, has freed 33 men, who served 600 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Given this society with one law for those with money and another for those without, there are hundreds more men in prisons all over the country, who are innocent.