New Board Members
Please join the Registry in welcoming four new members to our Advisory Board. Clockwise from top left: Activist and Writer Sister Helen Prejean, Exoneree Brian Banks, Producer and Activist Scott Budnick, and Exoneree Franky Carrillo.
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In 1998, Lashawn Ezell, Charles Johnson, Troshawn McCoy, and Larod Styles were forced to falsely confess to a murder and robbery in Marquette Park. They became the Registry's 1997th, 1998th, 1999th, and 2000th exonerations after fingerprint evidence identified the real criminals. (Pictured from left: Lashawn Ezell, Larod Styles and Charles Johnson. (Kara Voght/MEDILL))
In 1996, Robert Jones was convicted of rape, robbery, and manslaughter for four separate crimes in New Orleans, Louisiana and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was exonerated of all four crimes in January 2017 after the real criminal was identified. (Robert Jones, center right, with his attorneys Barry Sheck, Emily Maw, Kirschelle McGowan, Richard Davis, and Nina Morrison)
In 2009, Raymond Jennings was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for murder in Los Angeles County, California. He became the Los Angeles Conviction Integrity Unit's first exoneration in January 2017, after a re-investigation by the CIU identified the real killers.
The Guilty Plea Problem
The vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through plea bargaining. The Innocence Project shines a spotlight on exonerees, like Christopher Ochoa (pictured), who pled guilty in their new campaign - The Guilty Plea Problem.
The Registry has published about Innocents Who Pleas Guilty, Guilty Pleas in "Group Exonerations", and Guilty Pleas and False Confessions.
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.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.