May 27

8,540 Cases Now In Innocents Database

The Innocents Database now includes 8,540 cases: 5,430 from the U.S., and 3,010 from 117 other countries. The database includes 4,603 U.S. cases from 2017 to 1989, when the first DNA exoneration occurred.

The Innocents Database is the world’s largest database of exonerated persons, and it includes all identifiable exonerations in the United States, as well as internationally. The Innocents Database includes:

  • 592 innocent people sentenced to death.
  • 1,050 innocent people sentenced to life in prison.
  • 2,215 innocent people convicted of a homicide related crime.
  • 1,087 innocent people convicted of a sexual assault related crime.
  • 802 innocent people were convicted after a false confession by him or herself or a co-defendant.
  • 3,346 innocent people were convicted of a crime that never occurred.
  • 228 innocent people were posthumously exonerated by a court or a pardon.
  • 85 innocent people were convicted of a crime when they were in another city, state or country from where the crime occurred.
  • 1,925 innocent people had 1 or more co-defendants. The most innocent co-defendants in any one case was 29, and 22 cases had 10 or more co-defendants.
  • 12% of wrongly convicted persons are women.
  • The average for all exonerated persons is 7-1/8 years imprisonment before their release.
  • 32 is the average age when a person is wrongly imprisoned.
  • Cases of innocent people convicted in 117 countries are in the database.
  • 5,530 cases involve a person convicted in the United States.
  • 3,010 cases involve a person convicted in a country other than the U.S.

Click here to go to the Innocents Database homepage.

All the cases are supported by public sources for research. Those sources include court rulings, newspaper and magazine articles, and books. The database is linked to from Justice Denied’s website.

User defined searches, and user defined sorts of any combination of more than 100 columns of data can be made for:
U. S. cases from 1989 to 2017;
U. S. cases prior to 1989;
and, International cases up to 2017

The database can now be sorted on a Compensation column to find such information as: the compensation awarded to persons for any year or state, or the compensation awarded in a particular type of case, such as those involving DNA or a false confession, etc.

The Innocents Database is an ongoing project that began more than 20 years ago, and now contains millions of bytes of data related to exonerations. The accessibility and usefulness of that data to the public and researchers is improved by the ability to search and sort for specific information.

Email a question, correction, or suggested addition to the Innocents Database to:

May 27, 2017
By Hans Sherrer
Justice Denied

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