The Intercept: "21,000 Years Lost and Counting: Prosecutors are Working to Clear Wrongful Convictions, but Their Record is Mixed"
The New York Times: "A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results"
Reason: "U.S. Prisoners Have Lost a Combined 20,000 Years of Life to False Convictions"
WTTW - Chicago Public Media: "Illinois Leads Nation in Exonerations After Police Corruption Scandal"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Nearly 50 people in Illinois were exonerated of crimes in 2018, top in US"
The Washington Post: "Report: Wrongful convictions have stolen at least 20,000 years from innocent defendants"
The Hill: "Good news, bad news for innocent people in prison"
NBC News: "More exonerations are driven by police and prosecutor misconduct"
New York Times: "False Confessions, Mistaken Witnesses, Corrupt Investigators: Why 139 Innocent People Went to Jail"
The Texas Tribune: "Fewer exonerations in Texas' Harris County drove national rate lower too, study finds"
NPR: "Fewer Innocent Inmates Were Released From Prison In 2017, Study Says"
BuzzFeed: "Why William Varnado Lied"
NBC News: "How One Texas County Drove a Record Rise in Exonerations"
New York Times: "Black People More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Study Shows"
Los Angeles Times: "When Wrongful Convictions Affect Blacks More Than Whites, Can We Call it a Justice System?"
NPR and WBUR's Here & Now: "Reports Find Record Number of Exonerations, and Race Plays a Major Role"
Vox: "Study: Black People are 7 Times More Likely Than White People to be Wrongly Convicted of Murder"
Wall Street Journal: "For Victims’ Families, the Torment of Exoneration"
McClatchy DC: "Why 2015 was a record year for the wrongfully convicted" and "Prosecutors look to free the innocent – but won't release findings"
Take Part: "The Proven Way to Keep More Innocent Teens From Confessing to Murder (and Why Police Won't Adopt It)" (6/17/16)
The Marshall Project: "For 50 Years, You've Had "The Right to Remain Silent"(6/12/16)
New York Times: "Prisoners Exonerated, Prosecutors Exposed" (2/12/16)
USA Today: "Alberto Gonzales: Justice system wrongs too many"
Washington Post: "The Uptick in Exonerations Highlights Problems in Our Criminal-Justice System"
New York Times: "Record Number of False Convictions Overturned in 2015"
Guardian: "Nearly Three People a Week in US Exonerated of Crimes Last Year"
Associated Press: "Report Finds Record Number of US Exonerations in 2015" (2/3/16)
Take Part: "The Curious Cases of Pleading Guilty While Innocent"
The Washington Post: "The Staggering Number of Wrongful Convictions In America"
Associated Press (Houston Chronicle): “Record number of exonerations driven by Texas drug cases”(1/27/15)
US News & World Report: “2014 a Record Year for Exonerations, Report Finds” (1/27/15)
Huffington Post: “Exonerations Of The Wrongfully Convicted Hit Record High In The U.S. In 2014”(1/27/15)
USA Today: “Exonerations hit record high in 2014” (1/27/15)
Time: “The U.S. Is Exonerating More People Than Ever” (1/27/15)
The Washington Post: “Record number of exonerations in the U.S., report says” (1/29/15)
Houston Chronicle: "DA, county officials meet on drug policy" (2/11/15)
New York Times: “Study puts Exonerations at Record Level in U.S.” (2/4/14)
Associated Press: “Prosecutors Help Set Record Number of Exonerations” (2/4/14)
Reuters: “U.S. criminals exonerated in 2013 climbs to record high: study” (2/4/14)
National Public Radio’s Here and Now: “Study Shows Record Number of Criminal Exonerations” (2/4/14)
Time:“Record Number of U.S. Prisoners Exonerated in 2013” (2/4/14)
Huffington Post: “A Record Number Of Inmates Were Exonerated Last Year For Crimes They Didn't Commit” (2/4/14)
The Atlantic: “Why Some States Still Fight the Exoneration of the Innocent” (2/6/14)
Huffington Post: “National Registry Of Exonerations Sees Prosecutors And Police Give More Help To Wrongly Convicted” (4/5/13)
National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation: “Life After Exoneration, For The Victims On Both Sides”(4/15/13)
NBC News: “Law enforcement leads the way in overturning bad convictions, group says” (4/3/13)
Associated Press: “Study: 2,000 convicted then exonerated in 23 years” (5/20/12)
Los Angeles Times: “Registry tallies over 2,000 wrongful convictions since 1989” (5/20/12)
Huffington Post: “National Registry Of Exonerations: More Than 2,000 People Freed After Wrongful Convictions” (5/21/12)
USA Today: “New database tracks exonerations in USA” (5/21/12)
CNN:“More than 2,000 wrongfully convicted people exonerated in 23 years, researchers say” (5/21/12)
National Public Radio’s All Things Considered: "Exoneration List Shows Patterns In False Convictions”(5/22/12)
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. The Registry also maintains a more limited database of known exonerations prior to 1989.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.