A Man Denied Justice and a Family Left Without It: How the Death Penalty almost Executed Another Innocent Man and Failed the Victims' Family
Yet another innocent man has been freed from prison and released from death row, this time, in Texas. Manuel Velez spent nine years in prison, four of those years on death row, for a crime he did not commit. In Texas, which executes more inmates than any other state in the U.S., there was a real risk that this innocent man could have been executed. In the wake of the exoneration of death row inmate Henry McCollum, and his brother Leon Brown, in North Carolina, this case is yet another reminder of how broken our death penalty system is.