First three DNA exonerations in Puerto Rico
In 1988, Carlos Montilla was sentenced to three to five years in prison for trafficking cocaine and possession of a gun in Boston, Massachusetts. He was exonerated in 1990 after a holdout juror from his first trial (pictured) organized a campaign that showed he was framed by corrupt police officer who was later convicted of criminal conduct in office. (Photo ©Dorothy Littell Greco)
Photo Exhibit Featuring Exonerees
An Interview with Raymond Santana
In 1990, Raymond Santana and four other teenagers (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, and Korey Wise) were convicted of rape in the nortorious Central Park jogger case. In 2002, after the actual rapist confessed and DNA results cleared them, they were exonerated. In this podcast, Santana speaks about his experiences as one of the Central Park 5.
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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.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.