Why is Mississippi the Best State in Which to be Exonerated? An Empirical Evaluation of State Statutory and Civil Compensation for the Wrongfully Convicted - Summer 2019
Few would disagree that wrongful conviction is one of the most grievous harms a member of society can suffer and that those who are wrongfully convicted deserve to be compensated for those injuries. Yet, large numbers of exonerees do not seek compensation and, as explained in Section II, many file unsuccessful claims or lawsuits for compensation. An empirical study of wrongful conviction compensation can teach us valuable lessons about whether, how, and why our remedial aspiration falls short and how we can improve our country’s civil justice response to criminal justice failure.
Compensation For Exonerees: A Primer - 3 October 2017
Among the most frequently asked questions about exonerations are how, and how many, exonerees get compensated. While the Registry does not have complete data on compensation - which happens many years after we have already researched and posted the exoneration - we give a short primer on what we know about how exonerees get compensated for the years they spent wrongfully imprisoned.
Compensation Chart by State - 22 May 2018 Courtesy of
the Innocence Project, a chart that outlines which states offer compensation for the wrongly convicted, and what the process in each state consists of.
The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. It was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence. The Registry also maintains a more limited database of known exonerations prior to 1989.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.