When innocent people go to prison, jailhouse informants are often to blame. Some Maryland lawmakers want to change the system.

When Demetrius Smith went to prison in 2008 for a murder he didn’t commit, a jailhouse informant was a damning witness. Another exonerated man, Clarence Shipley Jr. of Baltimore, spent 27 years in prison ― after a suspect arrested in a series of vehicle thefts falsely fingered him as a killer. And the city of Baltimore paid out $9 million to another innocent man, James Owens, who spent two decades in prison. (Balt. Sun)

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