Losing something that you have had for a long time can affect the way you act and feel. In the movie The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne, experiences the death of freedom. The movie follows Andy Dufresne who is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. Andy Dufresne deals with the death of freedom by saving the captains money, building the library and escaping Shawshank Penitentiary.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, San Francisco and parts of the Bay Area faced one of the most mass unknown murders that is still unsolved until this day. The murder, who exemplified himself as the “Zodiac,” kept in contact with the police and area newspapers using notes, confirming that he has murdered yet another citizen. Although the police were never able to identify the zodiac, they were able to gather information about him through letters he was sending to the police and newspapers. The zodiac killed up to about 40 people, but the police is estimating about 50, therefore the amount of killings still remains unknown. The zodiac was very creative at his killings, so everytime the police thought they had gained knowledge on his strategies, Zodiac would change his ways and leave the police speechless.
Before he is arrested and undergoes treatment, Alex is carefree and has no remorse for the pain his actions have caused others. Despite his actions in the later parts of the novel, this hasn’t truly changed. As the prison chaplain claims in chapter fourteen, “He has no real choice, has he? Self interest, fear of physical pain, drove him to that grotesque act of self abasement. Its insincerity was clear to be seen”(Burgess 141).
About 20,000 innocent people in the U.S. are in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, according to the Huffington Post. This fact is relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, where readers follow the main character, Scout, as she endeavors to understand her cryptic, Southern-Alabaman community. More specifically, the notorious trial of Tom Robinson, a local black man who has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Although Judge Taylor specifically appointed Atticus to represent Tom, the trial was unfair because the jury ignored the concrete evidence presented by the defense.
This caused the consequences for the five officers much worse than what they would have been. Because Earl died, Payton(34), Thomas(38), Brian(31), Paul(31), and Andrew(31) will all face a 10 year sentence for covering up the incident (Boyd). In other cases many other officers were convicted and sentenced to hard time and parole for deprivation and with falsifying reports and lying to the FBI (Criminal Section Selected Case Summaries). This goes to show that the police can not be fully trusted during investigation because even they will go against the law to get a confession or information out of
Friday, Thomas Tarbutton, a 58 year old man from Newport Beach was sentenced to 34 years and four months in state prison for running a 3 million dollar Ponzi Scheme. He was found guilty by an Orange County Superior Court jury. Thomas had eighteen account of grand theft, nine accounts of forgery, and eleven counts of using an untrue statement in the purchase or sale of a security and one count of use of a device or scheme to defraud, which are all felonies. I think Thomas should be sent to jail even though he will not live long enough to do the full 34 years. I also think the people who he used for their money should be paid back their money.
Omar Portee was sentenced in 2003 to 50 years in prison for murder conspiracy, credit card fraud and drug selling (The Bloods: in Prison, 2013). Leonard Mackenzie is also is incarcerated in upstate New York (The Bloods: in Prison, 2013). It is said that blood set now lack unity and is each sets for themselves (Austin, 2014). Blood members have also refrained from wearing the Blood gang affiliated colors so as to not draw attention to themselves (Buntin, 2013). Blood gang sets still manage to continue in their business of illegal drug smuggling and
Throughout the trial we learn more about what actually happened, the catalyst for Peter’s actions and the perhaps not so innocent victims. Peter is eventually convicted and is sentenced to life in prison. A month after the final sentencing, Peter commits suicide by stuffing a sock down his throat. One year after the shooting we are taken back to Sterling High where a memorial had been erected and a plaque calls the building a “safe harbor” the validity of which could be called into question, because for many of the students, despite social standing, didn’t feel that Sterling really was a “safe harbor.” Many schools and situations are not “safe harbors” for students.
Although the infamy of Alcatraz Federal Prison has faded over the decades, the mere mention of its name fifty years ago would make a prisoners’ ears tingle. From its start as a military prison, its reputation as a cruel and unforgiving penitentiary made it feared by criminals throughout America. When Alcatraz, also known as “The Rock,” opened in 1934, it was proclaimed to be an “unescapable prison,” meant for the worst convicts in America. Throughout its history, thirty-six inmates tried to escape, all of who failed… except for possibly three. The fate of these men has been under investigation for almost fifty years now.
Can you begin to imagine spending over 30 years of your life in prison over something you knew you never did? Imagine the point in which you were voiceless and the odds seemed to be against you. That is what has happened to so many people in North Carolina particularly due to wrongful convictions. Since 2007 the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission has been able to get over 7 people exonerated from the death penalty and back into society after spending more than 15 years incarcerated for a crime they did not commit due to tampering of evidence, coerced confessions, plea bargains, and much more. The legal definition for wrongful conviction is persons who are in fact innocent but who have been wrongly convicted by a jury or other court
Forty years have gone by and I think it’s finally time we acknowledge the inconvenient truth; Capital punishment is not a fair means of punishment and disproportionately affects minorities. In the landmark Supreme Court case McCleskey v. Kemp, a study conducted by David Baldus, a late Iowa Law Professor, concluded that black defendants indicted for murder were convicted nearly twice as much as white defendants and black defendants who killed white people received the death penalty four times more often than black defendants who killed other black people. This argument was a highlight of the case, but did not stop the Supreme Court from ignoring the statistics regarding racial bias in capital punishment cases. A vote of 5-4 ruled that tendencies
Since the Police never informed Miranda of his rights he had no counsel, never finished the 9th grade, and had a former history of mental instability. The prosecution on the case only used his own wrongfully obtained confession against him, and sentenced him 20-30 years in prison. He had appealed to the Arizona Supreme court claiming that the Police had unconstitutionally obtained his confession, the court disagreed with him and upheld the charges and
Adnan Syed was young adult in 1999 when he was arrested and accused of the murder of his ex girlfriend named Hae Lee. Adnan has been in jail since he was 17 now his sits in a maximum security prison waiting for his second trial to see what his final outcome will be. I believe after hearing the Serial podcast with all the facts and interviews with all the people who are involved and also close friends to both the victim and the alleged murderer that Adnan is not guilty. What I mean by Adnan not being guilty there isn 't enough evidence to prove he 's guilty but I feel his not completely faithful to his story the whole time.
On November 2 2015 Jonathan Butler, an alumnus of Mizzou University, announced his decision to go on a hunger strike until Wolfe( the president of Mizzou) took his concerns, as well as the concerns of activist group Concerned Student 1950, seriously. Butler stated "Students are not able to achieve their full academic potential because of the inequalities and obstacles they face", this is due to race and diversity in the University. There was several incidents that led up to Butler announcing his hunger strike. First, on August 9, 2014 a White Officer fatally killed unarmed African- American Michael Brown.
During spring break one of the captain of the lacrosse team decided to throw a party and have two strippers there. One which was Crystal Mangum who has a mental problem and did not feel like preforming due to maybe the combination of alcohol and drugs. The party turned ugly and some people left and Kim Roberts the second dancer called the police to come and take her home or somewhere for help. The nurse asked if she was rape and the answer was yes for Crystal that knew the system well. The group of 88 of Duke facility had unequivocally asserted that something had happened to Crystal.