Why do innocent people end up pleading guilty?

“Of the more than 3,000 exonerations of innocent people that have been revealed since 1989, a full 26% pled guilty; of the 319 people in New York who have been exonerated of crimes they did not commit, 23 of them pled guilty.”

95% of felony convictions in the U.S. are obtained through guilty pleas

18% of known exonerees pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit

65% of 418 exonerees who pleaded guilty were people of color

83% of DNA exoneration plea cases resulted in identification of the alternate perpetrator