SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – How many is too many? Since 1989, more than 2,400 people have been released from prisons across America. All of them were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.
One of those people came to Utah to share her story to students at the University of Utah and to speak about the flaws in our justice system.
Kristine Bunch was convicted of murder by arson.
She spent 17 years, one month and 16 days before she was exonerated.
Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions helped clear Kristine’s name.
Now she works as an advocate to help exonerees get back on their feet.
According to law.umich.edu, since 1989, there have been 16 exonerations in the state of Utah.
Law students at the UofU have helped in six of those exonerations since teaming up with the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center in 2004.