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A Grim Milestone

A Grim Milestone

Nine years ago, the National Registry of Exonerations was launched with reports on 891 innocent defendants who had been convicted of crimes in the United States and fully exonerated since 1989. We now list 2,800 exonerations and have just passed a bleak milestone: Those exonerated defendants served more than 25,000 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
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Gilbert Poole, Jr.

Gilbert Poole, Jr.

Gilbert Poole, formerly of Pontiac, Michigan, was sentenced in 1989 to life in prison for murder. He was exonerated in 2021 after the bitemark evidence used to convict him was discredited and new DNA testing excluded him from forensic evidence found at the crime scene. (Photo by Todd McInturf/Detroit News, showing Attorney General Dana Nessel embracing Poole shortly after he was released.)
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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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Lydell Grant

Lydell Grant

In 2012, Lydell Grant was sentenced to life in prison in Houston, Texas for murder. He was exonerated in 2021 after DNA tests on fingernail scrapings of the victim identified the real killer.
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