Mar 20

2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report Now Available!

The 2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report is now available online! The Report is a PDF document. Click here to read the 2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report online, or to download it.

The following is from the Report’s Introduction:

This is the second yearly report of information recorded in the Innocents Database through the last calendar year – 2016. The Innocents Database is an ongoing independent non-profit project begun in February 1997 that records every documentable exoneration in the United States and every other country. The Innocents Database is online at
www.justicedenied.org/exonerations.htm, and it can be accessed from Justice Denied’s website at www.justicedenied.org. This Report is compiled from information available in the database online.

The database includes 8,131 cases concluded through December 31, 2016: 5,224 U.S. cases and 2,907 international cases.

The Report includes 24 tables of data. Most of the 24 tables include information about U.S. cases for both the years 1989 to 2016, and pre-1989, and several include information about international cases. Those tables are:
· Table 1. Known Exonerations By Year (U.S. & Int.)
· Table 2. Number of Exonerated People By State
· Table 3. Number of Exonerated People By Jurisdiction (U.S.)
· Table 4. Number of Exonerated People By Sex/Type (U.S.)
· Table 5. Number of Exonerated People By Type of Crime (U.S.)
· Table 6. Number of Exonerated People by Race/Ethnicity (U.S.)
· Table 7. Number of Exonerated People By Primary Types of Exculpatory Evidence (U.S.)
· Table 8. Number of Exonerated People By Conviction Method (U.S.)
· Table 9. Number of Exonerated People Convicted After More Than One Trial (U.S.)
· Table 10. Number of State Prisoners Exonerated After Federal Habeas Granted (U.S.)
· Table 11. Number of Exonerated People Convicted By Primary Types of Prosecution Evidence (U.S.)
· Table 12. Number of Exonerated People By Method of Exoneration (U.S.)
· Table 13. Number of Exonerated Persons Involved In A Case With A Co-Defendant (U.S.)
· Table 14. Number of Exonerations Involving DNA Evidence By Year (U.S. & Int.)
· Table 15. Number of Exonerated People Aided By Conviction Integrity Unit (U.S.)
· Table 16. Number of Exonerated People By Years In Custody (U.S.)
· Table 17. Average Years Exonerated Person Was In Custody Before Release (U.S. & Int.)
· Table 18. Average Years Exonerated Person Was In Custody Before Release (Homicide or Sexual Assault only) (U.S. & Int.)
· Table 19. Average Years Exonerated Person Was In Custody Before Release (Non-Homicide or Sexual Assault only) (U.S. & Int.)
· Table 20. Number of Exonerated People By County (12 or more) (U.S.)
· Table 21. Number of Exonerated People By Country – International Cases
· Table 22. Number of Exonerated People By Type of Crime (International)
· Table 23. Number of Exonerated People By Method of Exoneration (International)
· Table 24. Number of Exonerated Persons Involved In A Case With A Co-Defendant (International)

Click here to read the 2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report online, or to download it.

U.S. map with states color-coded to represent the total number of known exonerations for the 48 contiguous states through 2016.

U.S. map with states color-coded to represent the total number of known exonerations for the 48 contiguous states through 2016.

March 20, 2017
By Hans Sherrer
Justice Denied

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