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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

National Registry of Exonerations


The University of Michigan Law School and the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University Law School recently launched the National Registry of Exonerations, an electronic resource with information concerning approximately 900 exonerations in the United States since 1989.

The Registry allows users to browse the extensive list of exonerations by criteria such as name, race, state, crime, sentence, year convicted, and year exonerated.  For each one, it also provides information about whether the individual was exonerated with the help of DNA evidence as well as a breakdown of the causal factors that contributed to the wrongful conviction such as perjury/false accusation, mistaken eyewitness identification, and false/misleading forensic evidence. 

More information about the Registry can also be found in the organization's report: Exonerations in the United States, 1989-2012.

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