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​Top Ten Counties

Number of Exonerations, Top Ten Counties, First 2400 Exonerations

Rank County
Number of Exonerations Standardized Rate per Capita
1Cook County, Illinois230
5.87
2Harris County, Texas1755.17
3Kings County, New York703.55
4Los Angeles County, California660.87
5Dallas County, Texas583.04
6Wayne County, Michigan483.64
7Bronx County, New York423.86
8New York County, New York352.83
9Suffolk County, Massachusetts284.80
10Cuyahoga County, Ohio262.77
National Total
24001.00


Exonerations Per Capita, Top Ten Counties with Population over 300,000, First 2400 Exonerations

Rank County
Number of Exonerations
Standardized Rate Per Capita
1Orleans Parish, Louisiana
237.92
2Cook County, Illinois
2305.87
3Harris County, Texas175
5.17
4Suffolk County, Massachusetts28
4.80
5Baltimore City, Maryland19
4.10
6Bronx County, New York42
3.86
7Kern County, California25
3.81
8Jefferson Parish, Louisiana12
3.67
9Wayne County, Michigan
48
3.64
10Kings County, New York703.55
National Total24001.00




​The Standardized Rate of Exonerations Per Capita is the raw number of exonerations per capita divided by the national average of 0.75 exonerations per 100,000. Thus, the Standardized Rate Per Capita for the nation as a whole is 1.00, by definition; and the rate for Cook County, Illinois, for example, means that Illinois had 5.87 times more exonerations per capita than the national average. All rankings are based on 2017 data from the United States Census Bureau, which reported a national population of 320,332,016.