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Innocents Database

Browse the Innocents Database by LAST name
The complete database index is sorted by LAST names. Click on a person whose information page you want to go to.

Browse the Innocents Database by LOCATION of conviction

The complete database index is sorted by the LOCATION where a person was convicted. Click on a person whose information page you want to go to.

Browse the Innocents Database by YEAR of exoneration

The complete database index is sorted by the YEAR of a person's exoneration. Click on a person whose information page you want to go to.
Innocents Database is also available in three sortable versions.

NOTE: A user may find the sortable versions unsuitable for a small screen device (e.g., mobile phones), or slow (e.g., dial-up) Internet connection.

Sortable 1989-2017 U.S. Cases

Sortable Pre-1989 U.S. Cases

Sortable Non-U.S. Cases thru 2017

8,723 Cases Currently Listed in the Innocents Database

There are cases from 118 countries.

5,632 cases are from the United States

3,091 cases are from a country other than the U.S.

600 people were sentenced to death.


1.067 people were sentenced to life in prison.


2,270 people were convicted of a homicide related crime.


1,117 people were convicted of a sexual assault related crime.

229 people were posthumously exonerated by a court or a pardon

U.S. Cases
1989 - 2017

4,693 = Total
3,143 = Males
391 = Females
1,159 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

988 = Homicide cases
90 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
392 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
235 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
212 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
129 - Assault cases
1,783 = Drug cases
152 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
19 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
176 = Violent Other cases
517 = Non-violent Other cases

U.S. cases
Before 1989

934 = Total
843 = Males
71 = Females
20 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

430 = Homicide cases
5 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
42 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
3 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
116 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
8 - Assault cases
17 = Drug cases
45 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
0 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
57 = Violent Other cases
211 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. Cases
1989 - 2017

2,848 = Total
2,196 = Males
349 = Females
303 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

662 = Homicide cases
32 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
228 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
80 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
172 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
149 - Assault cases
109 = Drug cases
159 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
6 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
542 = Violent Other cases
709 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. cases
Before 1989

222 = Total
143 = Males
14 = Females
65 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

53 = Homicide cases
1 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
4 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
1 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
46 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
13 = Assault cases
4 = Drug cases
7 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
0 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
54 = Violent Other cases
39 = Non-violent Other cases

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Exonerations by U.S. States

Exonerations by U.S. Counties and Independent Cities

Exonerations by Countries

US Exonerations 1989-2017
Percentage of US Exonerations 1989-2017 by crime category

International Exonerations 1989-2017

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The Innocents Database includes persons whose presumption of innocence was restored after their conviction was overturned on direct appeal or post-conviction appeal and they were not retried, persons acquitted after a retrial, and persons granted an executive or legislative pardon based on evidence of their innocence. The sources of information include official court reports, books, and newspaper and magazine articles. Each person's record in the database includes one or more sources for the information about the person's case. For a detailed explanation of the cases included in the Innocents Database see the article "An Exoneration Can Be Judicial Or By Executive Or Legislative Clemency," online at,

NOTICE: The Innocents Database is made available to the public on the Internet for education, research, and other non-commercial purposes with the proviso that credit is given to the Innocents Database as the source of information used. A commercial use is not permitted without receiving permission. Reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in the database, but no express or implied warranty is made, and by using the Innocents Database the user agrees to hold Hans Sherrer, The Justice Institute and Justice Denied harmless from any legal liability for any use whatsoever, including non-commercial or commercial uses of the database.

Hans Sherrer, whose website is, created the Innocents Database in 1997 and continues to maintain it. The database is linked to: Justice Denied's website as a courtesy to supplement Justice Denied's activities on behalf of the wrongly convicted world-wide.

Innocents Database Copyright 1997-2017 Hans Sherrer