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


Ricky Jackson was exonerated Friday after more than 39 years in prison - the longest an exonerated defendant has ever served before being cleared. He was convicted of murder, attempted murder and robbery in 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio and sentenced to death. Jackson's conviction was vacated and the charges were dismissed after the only eyewitness against him admitted his identification was a lie. One of Jackson's two co-defendants - Wiley Bridgeman was also exonerated and released Friday. Ronnie Bridgeman who was released in 2003 still awaits exoneration. (Jackson is pictured with Ohio Innocence Project attorney Brian Howe)


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We currently list more than 1,470 exonerations. For detailed information browse our ever-growing database.

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