About the Registry

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.

Exoneration News


​A new report by the Registry, Exonerations in 2015, describes a record 149 exonerations last year.  There were also record numbers of exonerations in homicide cases, exonerations with false confessions, exonerations of convictions based on guilty pleas, exonerations with official misconduct and exonerations with the help of prosecutorial Conviction Integrity Units.

current Exonerations