Innocence and the Death Penalty
The most recent exonerees are Seth Penalver (No. 142) of Florida and Damon Thibodeaux (No. 141) of Louisiana, both in 2012.
List of Exonerees Since 1973 (including criteria for inclusion on List)
Innocence Database Searchable database of all exonerations since 1973--allows you to search and sort for cases by year, state, race, and other variables.
Descriptions of Each Exoneration By Year of Inmate's Release:
News and Developments - Current Year
Further Innocence Information:
- Released From Death Row (Partial Innocence)
- Executed Despite Doubts About Guilt
- Causes of Wrongful Convictions
- National Registry of Exonerations - provides detailed information about all known exonerations (for all crimes, not just death penalty crimes) in the United States since 1989 - cases in which a person was convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges.
- DPIC's Summary of the Innocence Protection Act of 2004
- List of Exonerations in German: Unschuldige und ihre Faelle in Kuerze
To contact individuals who have been exonerated from death row, visit
For Information about Innocence Projects across the country, visit
As of December 26, 2012 there have been 142 exonerations in 26 different States.
|Illinois||20||North Carolina||7||New Mexico||4||Tennessee||3||Maryland||1|
To find the number of exonerations in any single year, use the innocence database.
Last Updated Feb. 11, 2013