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All NRE reports represent a moment in time. For the most accurate data, please search on the Detailed View page. The website is updated daily, frequently with exonerations that occurred in the past.
The Registry does not investigate cases or represent defendants. If you are looking for legal representation you may want to contact one of these organizations:
The Innocence Network is an association of innocence projects in nearly every state in the nation that represent people who were wrongfully convicted of crimes. Here is a list of innocence organizations with each organizations' criteria for accepting cases.
The Innocence Project is a nationwide organization that represents people in cases in which there is physical evidence that could be tested for DNA to show that the defendant is actually innocent.
After Innocence provides one-on-one assistance to help exonerees with healthcare, public benefits and legal services, and works for long-term change by promoting better compensation laws.
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.