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Longest Incarcerations

While the average time spent in prison for all of the exonerees in the National Registry of Exonerations is just under nine years, there have been some prisoners who spent an extraordinary amount of time imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. The Registry calculates prison time from the date of conviction. Therefore, our calculations exclude time spent incarcerated prior to conviction. The following is a list of the exonerees who spent at least 30 years in prison prior to exoneration. 

​Rank​Name​Length of Incarceration​Sentence​Released
​1
Richard Phillips
​45 years and 2 months
​Life without Parole
​2017
​2
Ledura Watkins​41 years and 3 months​Life without Parole​2017
​3
Ricky Jackson​39 years and 3 months​Death​2014
​4
Wiley Bridgeman​39 years​Death​2014
​5
Robert Carroll Coney​38 years and 5 months​Life​2004
​6
Willie Womble​38 years and 3 months​80 Years​2014
​7
Walter Lomax​38 years and 3 months​Life​2006
​8
Craig Coley
​37 years and 11 months​Life without Parole​2017
​9
Malcolm Alexander
​37 years and 3 months
​Life without Parole
​2018
​10
Joseph Sledge​36 years and 4 months​Life​2015
​11
Frederick Clay​35 years and 11 months​Life without Parole​2017
​12
James Haley​35 years and 10 months​Life without Parole​2008
​13
Fred Weichel​35 years and 8 months​Life without Parole​2017
​14
James Bain​35 years and 7 months​Life​2009
​15
Edward Carter​35 years and 3 months​Life​2010
​16
Anthony Massingill​34 years and 4 months​Life​2014
​17
Michael Hanline
​34 years and 2 months​Life without Parole​2014
​18
​Bobby Joe Maxwell
​34 years and 1 month
​​Life without Parole
​2018
​19
Kash Register​34 years​Life​2013
​20
Cathy Woods​33 years and 9 months​Life without Parole​2014
​21
​Lewis Fogle​33 years and 5 months​Life without Parole​2015
​22
Marshall Hale​32 years and 9 months​23 1/2 to 47 years​2017
​23
Keith Harward​32 years and 5 months​Life​2016
​24
Peter Limone​32 years and 5 months​Death​2001
​25
Andre Davis​31 years and 5 months​Life​2012
​26
Victor Rosario​31 years and 3 months​Life​2014
​27
Lawrence McKinney​31 years and 1 month​100 years​2009
​28
William Vasquez​30 years and 9 months​25 years to Life​2012
​29
Reginald Adams​30 years and 9 months​Life without Parole​2014
​30
Amaury Villalobos​30 years and 9 months​25 years to Life​2012
​31
Stanley Wrice​30 years and 6 months​Life​2013
​32
Joseph Eastridge​30 years and 6 months​20 years to Life​2005
​33
Rickey Dale Wyatt​30 years and 5 months​99 years​2012
​34
Andrew Wilson​30 years and 4 months​Life without Parole​2017
​35
Laurence Adams​30 years and 1 month​Death​2004
​36
Cornelius Dupree, Jr.​30 years and 1 month​75 years​2010