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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

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How to use the Registry. First, scroll down until you see 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.

Tags displays 15 variables
for all exonerations

OM Tags displays 11 variables
for cases with Official Misconduct

  • 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: Witness 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 !​

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Tags
OM Tags
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CarterJosephBlackVANorfolk CityH, IOMurderLife19902021MWIDP/FAILD
DavidsonWillie24BlackVANorfolk CitySASexual Assault20 years19812005DNAMWIDF/MFE
Dick, Jr.Joseph20WhiteVANorfolk CityCDC, H, P, SAOF, NW, WT, INTMurderLife without parole19992016FCP/FAOM
McCrayBrian24BlackVANorfolk CityHPR, OF, WHMurder43 years19931994P/FAOM
Morman, Jr.Bobbie18BlackVANorfolk CityIOAttempt, Violent48 years19932021MWIDILD
RuffinJulius28BlackVANorfolk CitySASexual AssaultLife19822003DNAMWID
ThorneEsther45BlackVANorfolk CityCV, F, NC, SAChild Sex Abuse17 years20142020P/FA
TiceDerek27WhiteVANorfolk CityCDC, H, SAOF, NW, WT, INTMurderLife without parole20002011FCP/FAOMILD
WhitfieldArthur Lee26BlackVANorfolk CitySAOF, WH, NW, WTSexual Assault63 years19822009DNAMWIDOM
WilliamsDanial25WhiteVANorfolk CityCDC, H, P, SAOF, NW, WT, INTMurderLife without parole19992016FCP/FAOM
WilsonEric21WhiteVANorfolk CityCDC, SAOF, WH, NW, WT, INTSexual Assault8 1/2 years19992017FCP/FAOM