Conviction Integrity Units, Innocence Organizations and the Time it takes the Registry to List Exonerations - 11 September 2017 In the past few years, we have seen two conspicucous trends in the exonerations that are added to the Registry: 1) Many more recent exonerations are the result of work by innocence organizations or CIUs 2) The average time from when an exoneration occurs to when it is posted on our website has dropped sharply. These two trends are related.
The Wilmington 10 - 30 November 2016
Ten young people wrongly convicted of firebombing a store and shooting at firefighters in 1972 waited nearly a decade for relief and much longer for full pardons. In 1980, a court vacated all 10 convictions and ordered the defendants released after learning that the prosecution concealed evidence and that two key witnesses admitted falsely accusing the defendants. The cases were not dismissed until they received full pardons in 2012.
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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.