All NRE reports represent a moment in time. For the most accurate data, please search on the Detailed View page. The website is updated daily, frequently with exonerations that occurred in the past.
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
Key Provisions in Wrongful Conviction Compensation Law - 2022Courtesy 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.
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.
The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. 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. The Registry also maintains a more limited database of known exonerations prior to 1989.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.