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.
Thompson founded Resurrecton after Exoneration, a re-entry and support program for released inmates that was the first exoneree-run program of its kind in the U.S. He was an Echoing Green fellow, a Soros Justice fellow, and a Petra Foundation fellow. He advocated for criminal justice reform nationally, particularly for stricter oversight of prosecutors. In October 2017, he died of a heart attack at age 55.
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.