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The National Registry of Exonerations is a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. We provide 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.

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​The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia will soon have the first Federal Conviction Integrity Unit in the United States. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen announced that the Unit will consist of one veteran prosecutor with responsibility for reviewing post-conviction cases in which the defendant has a claim of innocence. It is not yet clear when the Unit will begin to review cases.

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