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​How Cases Get Into the Registry

Conviction Integrity Units, Innocence Organizations and the Time it takes the Registry to List Exonerations - 11 September 2017
In the past few years, we have seen two conspicucous trends in the exonerations that are added to the Registry: 1) Many more recent exonerations are the result of work by innocence organizations or CIUs 2) The average time from when an exoneration occurs to when it is posted on our website has dropped sharply. These two trends are related. Read more.

The Wilmington 10 - 30 November 2016
Ten young people wrongly convicted of firebombing a store and shooting at firefighters in 1972 waited nearly a decade for relief and much longer for full pardons. In 1980, a court vacated all 10 convictions and ordered the defendants released after learning that the prosecution concealed evidence and that two key witnesses admitted falsely accusing the defendants. The cases were not dismissed until they received full pardons in 2012. Click here to read more.