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Keith Cooper

Keith Cooper

​In 1997, Keith Cooper was sentenced to 40 years in prison for armed robbery in Elkhart County, Indiana. After his conviction, the eyewitnesses recanted and DNA tests identified the real criminals. The parole board recommended Indiana Governor Mike Pence pardon him. Pence declined to act, and Cooper was pardoned by his sucessor, Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017. 

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Johnny Hincapie

Johnny Hincapie

​In 1991, Johnny Hincapie was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after he falsely confessed to taking part in a widely publicized murder and robbery in New York City. He was exonerated in 2017 after new witnesses and the true perpetrators said Hincapie was not present at the crime. (Johnny Hincapie, left, with his attorneys. Photo credit: John Mantel)

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Recent Exonerations

Recent Exonerations

We feature the latest exonerations here as we find them. Clockwise from top left: Donte Rollins, the San Antonio Four, William Virgil, and De'Marchoe Carpenter and Malcolm Scott.
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The Guilty Plea Problem

The Guilty Plea Problem

The vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through plea bargaining. The Innocence Project shines a spotlight on exonerees, like Christopher Ochoa (pictured), who pled guilty in their new campaign - The Guilty Plea Problem.

The Registry has published about Innocents Who Pleas Guilty, Guilty Pleas in "Group Exonerations", and Guilty Pleas and False Confessions.

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Interactive Map

Interactive Map

​Use our clickable map & graph to filter and display exonerations by state, race, contributing factors, crime, year, and more.

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