A Record Number Of Inmates Were Exonerated Last Year For Crimes They Didn’t Commit

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Nicole Harris’ boyfriend woke up from a nap in 2005 and found her 4-year-old son, Jaquari, with an elastic band from a bed sheet wrapped around his throat. Attempts to resuscitate the boy failed; he died from asphyxiation.

After Chicago police interrogated Harris, she gave a videotaped confession saying that she had choked her son with the elastic band because he wouldn’t stop crying. A jury convicted Harris of first-degree murder, and she received a 30-year sentence.

The only problem was that she didn’t do it. Jaquari likely got tangled in the elastic band while playing Spiderman with his 5-year-old brother, Diante.

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