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.

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​In 2014, for the first time in the United States, there were more than 100 exonerations in a single year—125 that are known to date, 34 more than the previous record of 91 exonerations in 2013. A major reason for the record number of exonerations is the impact of Conviction Integrity Units (CIUs), units within prosecutors’ offices that work to identify and remedy false convictions in cases they originally prosecuted. The National Registry of Exonerations’ 2014 Report, based on the 1,535 exonerations known as of January 20, 2015, also discusses trends such as the increase in exonerations in cases without biological evidence or with no actual perpetrator; cases with comparatively light sentences; and judgments based on guilty pleas. Check out out our infographic with 2014 exoneration records here.


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We currently list more than 1,530 exonerations. For detailed information browse our ever-growing database.

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For reports, graphs, summaries of our findings, criteria for exoneration, and more visit our Learn More section.

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Recent Exonerations