Stan Moody of Manchester, ME, former Maine State Representative and most recently a Chaplain at Maine State Prison in Warren, is advocating for transparency and accountability in Maine’s prison system…A prolific and published writer, Dr.Moody is pastor of the Meeting House Church in Manchester and has been aspeaker on human rights issues at conferences around the nation…
Exonerated Prisoners: Why Aren’t They Just P.O.’d?
January 5, 2011 They gave him 2 chances to get out on parole, the latest in2004, if only he would admit to being a sex offender. He refused,and on Tuesday, January 4, Cornelius Dupree, Jr. was declaredinnocent of a 1979 rape after 30 years in prison. He became the21
DNA exoneration in Dallas County, TX, a distinctionunmatched nationally but happily the result of a quirk in thecounty crime lab procedure that preserves biological evidence fordecades after a conviction.Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, the first blackDA in Texas history, has cooperated with the Innocence Project inhundreds of cases because of what he calls a “convict-at-all-costs” mentality in the Texas Criminal Justice system. As a formerchaplain at the maximum security Maine State Prison, I oftenreminded prisoners that the time for justice was during trial – notafter being sentenced: “On the streets, you are presumedinnocent until proven guilty; in here, you are presumed to beguilty until proven innocent.” That is largely true except in the case of blacks, Hispanics,the indigent, the homeless and the socially disconnected. Throughout the nation, the system of a fair trial is tilted heavily infavor of suburban whites living in mortal fear of a disruption of their ordered lifestyles, including the steady encroachment of age.