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A Project of the University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society,
University of Michigan Law School & Michigan State University College of Law

To Search or Sort: Place the cursor over a column heading and click on the arrow arrow You can then sort in Ascending or Descending order or click on a particular value to select the cases in that category.

The column labeled "Tags" allows you to sort and search cases by each of several additional common characteristics. To see the definitions of these terms, click on their full names:  ​

The six columns on the far right of this page display separately the Contributing Factors that are listed together on the Summary Page. To save space, we use abbreviations. To see definitions of these factors, click on their full names:

Age: The exoneree's age on the date of the reported crime

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Connected to: National Registry of Exonerations

The Filter finds cases that contain any of the words you enter if you check Or, or all of them if you check And. It is not a search that works with quotation marks. It does work with truncation, but not with truncation symbols such as * and !. It scans the Detailed and Summary Views, and the narrative summaries.

Note: An asterisk (*) in the column to the right of the "DNA" column means that the case is not included in the Innocence Project's list of DNA exonerations because post-conviction DNA evidence was not central to establishing innocence, and other non-DNA factors were essential to the exoneration.

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BurnsLes32WhiteF-VA(Western)FEDDrug Possession or Sale11 years and 4 months20142016FCP/FAOM
BurnsideThomas41BlackF-IL(Northern)CDC, FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced19911994P/FAOM
ClemmonsArtis29BlackF-LA(Western)FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced19941995P/FA
ColombEdward26BlackF-LA(Western)CDC, FED, JIDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20062006P/FA
ColombMary Ann50BlackF-LA(Western)CDC, FED, F, JIDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20062006P/FA
DavisDanny25BlackF-LA(Western)CDC, FED, JIDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20062006P/FA
Davis, Jr.Sammy32BlackF-LA(Western)CDC, FED, JIDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20062006P/FA
GranberryRoxanne33WhiteF-VA(Eastern)CDC, FED, FDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20162017P/FAILD
GriffinCodell41BlackF-IL(Northern)CDC, FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced19911994P/FAOM
HernandezMaria39HispanicF-TX(Western)FED, FDrug Possession or Sale17 years20042014ILD
HolmesMichael44BlackF-MO(Eastern)FEDDrug Possession or Sale25 years20062011P/FAOM
JohnsonLaShawn28BlackF-MTCDC, FEDDrug Possession or Sale35 years20062015P/FAOM
JonesStephen23BlackF-MO(Eastern)FED, NCDrug Possession or Sale20 years19982010P/FAOM
LockeRuben35BlackF-IL(Northern)CDC, FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced19982000P/FAOM
MahoneyMichaelWhiteF-MILFED, NCDrug Possession or SaleBad conduct discharge20002003OM
MatthewsBrent36BlackF-MDFED, NC, PDrug Possession or Sale3 years and 10 months20112017P/FAOM
Minaya DiazMarcia50HispanicF-NY(Eastern)F, FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20152015
MontgomeryMelvin31BlackF-MO(Western)FEDDrug Possession or Sale6 years and 6 months19951997
MurrayPatrick34WhiteF-NY(Eastern)CDC, FEDDrug Possession or Sale5 years20102014P/FAF/MFE
RivasEdgar37HispanicF-NY(Southern)FEDDrug Possession or Sale10 years and 1 month20032004P/FAOM
RojasCarlos34HispanicF-AL(Southern)FED, PDrug Possession or Sale20 years19902002P/FA
Ruiz-CortezRefugio29HispanicF-IL(Northern)FED, NCDrug Possession or Sale17 1/2 years19992010P/FAOM
SmithEric40WhiteF-MILFED, NCDrug Possession or Sale2 years20122015DNA*F/MFEILD
TorresAlfredo20HispanicF-NMFEDDrug Possession or Sale5 years and 10 months20062009MWIDOM
VazquezHector28HispanicF-TX(Northern)FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20042005MWID
von SchlieffenWolfgang47WhiteF-FL(Southern)FEDDrug Possession or Sale10 years19942000P/FAOM