May 01

Innocents Database Webpage Now Includes Detailed Statistical Information

The Innocents Database linked to from Justice Denied’s website is the world largest database of persons exonerated of their convicted crime.

The database’s webpage was updated on May 1 to include detailed statistical information about the 4,622 cases currently in the database online that include 2,766 U.S. cases, and 1,856 cases from 110 other countries. The information includes charts showing the number of exonerated people convicted of various crimes over different periods of time, and how long the average period of incarceration was before a person’s exoneration. The Innocents Database includes:

  • 894 people exonerated in the U.S. and other countries before 1989.
  • 787 people exonerated in the U.S. of a homicide related crime since 1988 were incarcerated for an average of 12-1/4 years.
  • 479 people exonerated in the U.S. of a sexual assault related crime since 1988 were incarcerated for an average of 11 years.
  • 2,090 people exonerated in the U.S. of all types of crimes since 1988 were incarcerated for an average of 9-1/2 years.
  • 470 people exonerated outside the U.S. of a homicide related crime since 1988 were incarcerated for an average of 8-1/3 years.
  • 226 people exonerated outside the U.S. of a sexual assault related crime since 1988 were incarcerated for an average of 3-1/3 years.
  • 1,638 people exonerated outside the U.S. of all types of crimes since 1988 were incarcerated for an average of 5-2/3 years.

One fact readily apparent from the information now available on the Innocents Database webpage is the United States is less efficient at exonerating a person than are other countries. Overall countries other than the U.S. incarcerate a person for a shorter period of time before their exoneration.

Click here to go to the Innocents Database’s webpage.

The source of cases in the Innocents Database includes, but isn’t limited to, court decisions; newspaper and magazine articles; books; convictions overturned by the Court of Appeals after the case was referred to the Court by the Criminal Case Review Commission for England, Wales and Northern Ireland; convictions overturned by Scotland’s Court of Appeals after the case was referred to the Court by the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission; convictions overturned after the case was referred by the Norwegian Criminal Case Review Commission for post-conviction court review; and cases in the National Registry of Exonerations.

By Hans Sherrer
Justice Denied
May 1, 2014

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