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