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A Project of the University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society,
University of Michigan Law School & Michigan State University College of Law


How to use the Registry. First, scroll down until you s​ee the list of names. To sort any of the columns, place the cursor over a column heading, such as AGE, and click on the arrow. You can sort in alphabetical or chronological order or click on a particular value to select just the cases in that category. You can sort on more than one column or even multiple columns: such as STAT​E and COUNTY and CRIME.

The two columns with "Tags" in their labels allow you to sort cases by additional characteristics. At the top of the page, you will see the listing of the various Tags. To see more detailed definitions for these terms, hover over their full names or click on the links. You can only sort for one variable at a time in the TAG columns. To sort for several at once, please download our data as a spreadsheet.


OM Tags

  • PR: Prosecutor Misconduct
  • OF: Police Officer Misconduct
  • FA: Forensic Analyst Misconduct
  • CW: Child Welfare Worker Misconduct
  • WH: Withheld Exculpatory Evidence
  • NW: Misconduct That Is Not Withholding Evidence
  • KP: Knowingly Permitting Perjury
  • WT: Witnes​s Tampering Or Misconduct Interrogating Co-defendant
  • INT: Misconduct In Interrogation of Exoneree
  • PJ: Perjury By Official
  • PL: Prosecutor Lied In Court

The six columns on the far right of this page display separately the Contributing Factors that contributed to the wrongful conviction. To save space, we use abbreviations. To see definitions of these factors, click on their full names:

​Keyword Filter:

Connected to: National Registry of Exonerations

To search the Registry for a name or keyword, type in the [Search] box. The filter finds cases that contain any of the words you enter if you check Or, or all of them if you check And. Do not use quotation marks. It allows truncation, but not with truncation symbols such as * and !​

OM Tags
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BarnesLaritaWhiteF-OK(Northern)FED, F, NCOF, WH, NW, WT, PJDrug Possession or Sale10 years20082009P/FAF/MFEOM
BarnesLarry56WhiteF-OK(Northern)FED, NCOF, WH, NW, WT, PJDrug Possession or Sale5 years and 6 months20082009P/FAF/MFEOM
BurnsLes32WhiteF-VA(Western)FEDPR, OF, WH, NW, INT, PJDrug Possession or Sale11 years and 4 months20142016FCP/FAOM
BurnsideThomas41BlackF-IL(Northern)CDC, FEDPR, WHDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced19911994P/FAOM
ClemmonsArtis29BlackF-LA(Western)FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced19941995P/FA
ColombEdward26BlackF-LA(Western)CDC, FED, JIDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20062006P/FA
ColombMary Ann50BlackF-LA(Western)CDC, FED, F, JIDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20062006P/FA
DavisDanny25BlackF-LA(Western)CDC, FED, JIDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20062006P/FA
Davis, Jr.Sammy32BlackF-LA(Western)CDC, FED, JIDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20062006P/FA
FranceGeneva22BlackF-OH(Northern)FED, FOF, WH, NW, WT, PJDrug Possession or Sale10 years20062007MWIDP/FAOM
GranberryRoxanne33WhiteF-VA(Eastern)CDC, FED, FDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20162017P/FAILD
GriffinCodell41BlackF-IL(Northern)CDC, FEDPR, WHDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced19911994P/FAOM
HernandezMaria39HispanicF-TX(Western)FED, FDrug Possession or Sale17 years20042014ILD
HolmesMichael44BlackF-MO(Eastern)FEDOF, WH, NW, PJDrug Possession or Sale25 years20062011P/FAOM
JohnsonLaShawn28BlackF-MTCDC, FEDPR, WH, NW, KP, WTDrug Possession or Sale35 years20062015P/FAOM
JonesStephen23BlackF-MO(Eastern)FED, NCOF, WH, NW, PJDrug Possession or Sale20 years19982010P/FAOM
LockeRuben35BlackF-IL(Northern)CDC, FEDPR, WHDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced19982000P/FAOM
MahoneyMichaelWhiteF-MILFED, NCPR, WHDrug Possession or SaleBad conduct discharge20002003F/MFEOM
MatthewsBrent36BlackF-MDFED, NC, POF, WH, NWDrug Possession or Sale3 years and 10 months20112017P/FAOM
Minaya DiazMarcia50HispanicF-NY(Eastern)F, FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20152015
MontgomeryMelvin31BlackF-MO(Western)FEDDrug Possession or Sale6 years and 6 months19951997
MurrayPatrick34WhiteF-NY(Eastern)CDC, FEDDrug Possession or Sale5 years20102014P/FAF/MFE
RivasEdgar37HispanicF-NY(Southern)FEDPR, WH, NW, KPDrug Possession or Sale10 years and 1 month20032004P/FAOM
RojasCarlos34HispanicF-AL(Southern)FED, PDrug Possession or Sale20 years19902002P/FA
Ruiz-CortezRefugio29HispanicF-IL(Northern)FED, NCOF, WH, NW, PJDrug Possession or Sale17 1/2 years19992010P/FAOM
SmithEric40WhiteF-MILFED, NCDrug Possession or Sale2 years20122015DNAF/MFEILD
TorresAlfredo20HispanicF-NMFEDPR, WHDrug Possession or Sale5 years and 10 months20062009MWIDOM
VazquezHector28HispanicF-TX(Northern)FEDDrug Possession or SaleNot sentenced20042005MWID
von SchlieffenWolfgang47WhiteF-FL(Southern)FEDPR, OF, WH, NW, WT, PJDrug Possession or Sale10 years19942000P/FAOM