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.

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On June 29, Justice Breyer, dissenting in Glossip vs. Gross, argued that the death penalty is unconstitutional because, among other reasons, it produces wrongful convictions and wrongful executions. Breyer repeatedly cited findings by the Registry, as well as other works by co-founders Rob Warden and Sam Gross.


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We currently list more than 1,620 exonerations. For detailed information browse our ever-growing database.

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For reports, graphs, summaries of our findings, criteria for exoneration, and more visit our Learn More section.

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