“Why the Innocent Are Punished More Harshly Than the Guilty”

Timothy Cole died in a Texas prison at age 39 after serving 14 years for a rape that later DNA evidence showed he didn’t commit. Authorities denied Cole parole because he stoutly refused to admit guilt and thus was deemed unrepentant for the crime. (Daniel Solove, Concurring Opinions).


  • What is the purpose of this rule? Is there some benefit that has been measured that shows people that fess up to the crime are less likely to commit further crime? Or is it just a societal thing? If it is the former, I’d like to see the data. If it is the latter, we should abolish this paradigm.

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