Comment: New Study Estimates Rate of False Convictions at 11.6% – 05 December 2017 A new report by the Urban Institute in Washington DC estimates that the defendants were innocent in 11.6% percent of rape and rape-murder convictions in Virginia from in the 1970s and 1980s. This comment reviews the conclusions reached in the study.
Changes in DNA Exonerations Over Time – 18 April 2016 DNA exonerations have always been a minority of all exonerations, and the nature of DNA exonerations has been changing over the years -- both in the underlying crimes and the importance of non-DNA factors. This paper reviews DNA exonerations in the Registry up to April 2016.
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.