The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the University of Michigan Law School. 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.
Three exonerees will receive compensation under a new Minnesota law which provides up to $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment, and—unlike many states—has no cap on compensation for injuries and emotional distress.
We welcome new information from any source about
the exonerations that are already on our list and
about new cases that might be exonerations. And
we will be happy to respond to inquiries about the
The National Registry of Exonerations is a project
the University of Michigan Law School.