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


​The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has decided to review over 200 cases spanning two decades following the exoneration of Keith Harward after 33 years in prison. The serologist in Harward's case concealed blood-typing evidence that excluded Harward. It was the second such case involving the serologist; Troy Webb was exonerated in 1996.

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