George Ryan on Simon release: ‘It’s what justice is all about’

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Thursday's release of Alstory Simon, who served more than 15 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, is tied to a complex case of convictions, confessions, releases and a dramatic change to Illinois’s death penalty policy.

Former governor George Ryan placed a moratorium on executions in January of 2000.

Ryan was once in favor of the death penalty, but even back then, the governor admitted he had “grave” concerns about the state’s record when it came to convicting the innocent.

The 80-year-old spoke with WGN’s Courtney Gousman when a legal system proves to have its share of flaws, there’s just no room for the death penalty.

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