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​Research and Publications

​ Compensation For Exonerees: A Primer - 10 June 2022​​ 

Among the most frequently asked questions about exonerations are how, and how many, exonerees get compensated. While the Registry does not have complete data on compensation - which happens many years after we have already researched and posted the exoneration - we give a short primer on what we know about how exonerees get compensated for the years they spent wrongfully imprisoned.


Why is Mississippi the Best State in Which to be Exonerated? An Empirical Evaluation of State Statutory and Civil Compensation for the Wrongfully Convicted - Summer 2019 


An Empirical Reexamination of State Statutory Compensation for the Wrongly Convicted - 2017

Are Federal Exonerees Paid? Lessons for the Drafting and Interpretation of Wrongful Conviction Compensation Statutes - November 2021


Charts, Tables, & Lists

Key Provisions in Wrongful Conviction Compensation Law - 2022​
Courtesy of the Innocence Project, an overview of compensation laws by type and state.​


Compensation Statutes: A National Overview - 2 June 2022​

A chart that outlines which states offer compensation for the wrongly convicted, and what the process in each state consists of.

Compensation by the Numbers: State Statutory Compensation - 16 June 2022​ 

Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia now have state wrongful conviction compensation statutes.  How many exonerees listed in the Registry actually seek compensation under these statutes and how many are successful?  How much money have states paid to exonerees listed in the Registry, what is the average amount paid per year of wrongful incarceration, and how many years lost has been subject to state compensation? Over the last several years, the Registry and Professor Jeffrey Gutman have collaborated on a state-by-state empirical research project to answer these questions and more. HERE is an explanation of the spreadsheet.​


Compensation Under The Microscope

Professor​ Jeffrey Gutman periodically examines wrongful conviction compensation issues and developments arising in particular states as well as emerging trends and policy issues related to compensation with nationwide implications. ​