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Wilbert Jones

Wilbert Jones

In 1974, Wilbert Jones (right, with IPNO Attorney William Aquino) was sentenced to life in prison in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for rape. He was exonerated in 2018 by evidence concealed by the prosecution that another man who more closely fit the description of the attacker had committed two similar rapes in the area. Jones served 44 years and 9 months in prison for his wrongful conviction. Only one other exoneree served longer: Richard Phillips, who was released 45 years and 2 months after his conviction. (Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP)
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Sammy Hadaway

Sammy Hadaway

In 1996, Sammy Hadaway was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted robbery and testifying that Chaunte Ott murdered a woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ott was exonerated in 2009, and Hadaway was exonerated in 2018 by DNA evidence showing the murder was committed by a serial killer. Both exonerations were due in part to the efforts of the Wisconsin Innocence Project.
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Interactive Data Display

​Use our clickable map & graph to filter and display exonerations by state, race, contributing factors, crime, year, and more.
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John Nolley

John Nolley

In 1998, John Nolley was sentenced to life in prison for murder in Bedford, Texas. He was exonerated in 2018 with the help of the Innocence Project and the Tarrant County Conviction Integrity Unit by DNA testing that excluded him as the victim's attacker.
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Recent Exonerations

Recent Exonerations

​We feature the latest exonerations here as we find them. Clockwise from top left: Aaron Salter, Marcel Brown (with CWC Director Karen Daniel), Joshua Horner (with wife Kelli), and Shawn Williams.
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Josiah Galloway

Josiah Galloway

Josiah Galloway (pictured with his aunt Sheila) was convicted in 2009 for shooting a cab driver in the face after an argument. He was exonerated in 2018 after a tip to the Nassau County Conviction Integrity Unit led to the identification of the actual shooter. (Photo: Howard Schnapp)
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