About the Registry

The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the University of Michigan Law School. 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.

Exoneration News

Mark Schand /Courtesy of Centurion Ministries

A New York Times op ed examines compensation laws across the nation, highlighting the case of exoneree Mark Schand, who is struggling to rebuild his life after twenty-six years in prison. The Registry's Senior Researcher, Maurice Possley, explains why some states balk at passing compensation laws for the wrongfully convicted.

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